This comes from Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, a Mayweather nemesis who is headed to the Philippines to discuss with Pacquiao his next opponent.
Arum told ESPN.com there are three candidates to face Pacquiao next — and none named Mayweather, who was released a month early on Friday after 60 days in a Las Vegas detention center.
Arum, often accused of being an impediment to a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, said that after Pacquiao fights in November, “I just hope we will be able to get the Mayweather fight done. I don’t think we can do it in November with Mayweather just being released from jail and so forth.”
He added: “I have had no signal from anybody on (Mayweather’s) side that he would be back so quick for a fight Nov. 10. I would think if we can make a deal it would be in the spring, in April, after March Madness.”
The candidates to face Pacquiao next come as no surprise. Arum listed them as:
• Welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr. in a rematch of the tremendously controversial fight they had on June 9, in which Bradley was awarded a shocking split decision.
• Junior welterweight titleholder Juan Manuel Marquez, who has already faced Pacquiao three times in exciting fights that all ended in disputed decisions — with Pacquiao winning twice and their first bout resulting in a draw.
• Former three-division titlist Miguel Cotto, whom Pacquiao knocked out in the 12th round of an all-action welterweight title bout in November 2009
“He’s going to fight on Nov. 10, but we’ll spend some time talking through everything and getting everything ironed out, and then I talk to the opponents and try to make a deal,” Arum said.