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Pacquiao’s boxing license suspended for 90 days by Nevada Commission

Juan Manuel Marquez Manny PacquiaoBy Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao won’t have the opportunity to fight in April of next year against Juan Manuel Marquez because Pacquiao has received a 90 day suspension of his boxing license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to him being knocked out by Marquez.

According to, Pacquiao can’t spar for the next 60 days. Pacquiao’s 90 day suspension runs out on March 9th, 2013. That would make it impossible for him to get in the ring with Marquez for an April rematch.

Pacquiao was knocked completely out by Marquez on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao has since had a CAT scan done on his brain as well as an MRI, and nothing out of the ordinary has been found during the tests.

Pacquiao, 34, wants to continue his boxing career and is eager to get back in the ring with Marquez to try and avenge his loss. If the fight does happen it’s going to need to take place later in 2013, because he won’t be able to make the April date.

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has mentioned June and September as possible months for Pacquiao to return to the ring. Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie roach wants him to stay out of the ring until at least September so that he can recover from the knockout, but it’s unclear whether even that will be long enough for him to be able to get back to his old self.

A big part of Pacquiao’s problems isn’t his ability to take shots; it’s his slowing down. He’s not as fast as he once was on his feet, and he’s getting hit more now than he did in the past. When he moved up to the welterweight division in 2008, Pacquiao was very fast on his feet and hard to hit. However, in the last year, Pacquiao’s feet have slowed own and he’s getting tagged a lot more. We found out in the Marquez fight that Pacquiao doesn’t seem to react well when he’s getting hit with hard shots like the ones he’s been dishing out all this time.

A slower Pacquiao is a lot more beatable than the quicker, younger Pacquiao, and now throw in the possibility that his chin might not hold up in future bouts. This could be the end of the Pacquiao we once knew.

Even if Pacquiao gets knocked cold in his next fight against Marquez, I’m sure his promoter Arum will find a way to get another three years of mileage out of the Filipino by being more careful with the opponents he puts him in with. One possibility is that we could see a lot more Shane Mosley-type opponents for Pacquiao if he gets knocked out again in his next fight.

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