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    Plan for next fight still fluid as Pacquiao, family leave for Europe

    Jun 27, 2012
    Manny Pacquiao is taking his time picking an opponent for his planned return to the ring in November. Jerome Ascano

    AFTER the latest controversy that marred his welterweight title fight, Manny Pacquiao gets a chance to think things over when he leaves for Europe on Thursday with his entire family.

    The Filipino boxing star will be accompanied in the trip by wife Jinkee and children Jimuel, Emmanuel, Princess and Queenie as they tour Europe and the Holy Land together for the first time.

    Before their departure, Pacquiao had a dinner meeting with promoter Bob Arum in Los Angeles on Tuesday, although nothing concrete came out of it except for an agreement for a return to the ring in November.

     Arum expects Pacquiao to come up with a name for a possible opponent after his long-delayed vacation with the family.

     Pacquiao is coming off a stunning 12-round split decision loss to Timothy Bradley three weeks ago which left him without his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title.

    In light of the WBO’s unofficial findings that Pacquiao was the clear winner of the 12-round fight, a rematch with the 28-year-old Bradley appears to be the most viable option for the boxing icon.

    But Arum said Bradley is just one of the many possible opponents for the Pacman, putting the names of Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez, Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, and rival Floyd Mayweather Jr.  in the mix.

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    Manny Pacquiao is taking his time picking an opponent for his planned return to the ring in November. Jerome Ascano
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