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Manny Pacquiao planning to return to ring in 2020

Welterweight world titlist Manny Pacquiao plans to be back in the ring in the first third of 2020.

Pacquiao, who serves as a senator his native Philippines, will next fight in “in late March or April” in the United States, said Sean Gibbons, the president of MP Promotions and a longtime close adviser to the eight-division world champion.

Gibbons also said that the two rivals on the short list for Pacquiao to face are former welterweight and junior welterweight world titlist Danny Garcia and the unrelated Mikey Garcia, who has acquired world titles in four weight classes. All three of them fight under the Premier Boxing Champions umbrella.

Danny Garcia (35-2, 21 KOs), 31, of Philadelphia, rebounded from a closely contested decision defeat to Shawn Porter for a vacant welterweight title in September 2018 to win his last fight, a seventh-round knockout of Adrian Granados on April 20 in Carson, California.

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Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs), who has won belts from featherweight to junior welterweight, moved up in weight to challenge welterweight world titlist Errol Spence Jr. on March 16 in a major pay-per-view fight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in an attempt to win a belt in a fifth weight division but suffered a shutout decision defeat and has not boxed since.

Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs), 40, is coming off a remarkable decision victory over Keith Thurma.

A man 10 years his junior, whom he knocked down in the first round en route to taking his title July 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao has won three fights in a row, all between July 2018 and the Thurman fight, since returning from a year layoff following a highly controversial decision defeat to Jeff Horn that cost him a welterweight title in Horn’s hometown of Brisbane, Australia in July 2017.

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Setback may delay A.J Green´s season debut for Bengals

Bengals coach Zac Taylor uttered the words everyone in Bengal-land has been waiting to hear:

“I do think A.J. will play this week.”

That would be A.J. Green, the team’s best player who has been out all year with an ankle injury. An hour and a half later, when practice started, Green was not at practice.

“It came after the walkthrough,” Taylor said. “He went and got some treatment. It just didn’t feel great, so we held him out of practice today. Now, we’ll go just by day-by-day.

“We felt good about the progress he was making. That’s why I said what I said. I didn’t feel like he could practice today. We’ll get through tonight and see where it’s at (Thursday).”

He injured his ankle in the first practice of training camp this year.

That injury required surgery, as well. It was expected that he’d miss four to six weeks at that point. We’re up to 13 weeks.

Coming off an ankle injury, the question isn’t about straight-ahead running so much as cutting – the key to running good routes. But, at the press conference, Taylor said Green was progressing on that.

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“A.J. has gotten better every single day I’ve seen him,” Taylor said. “I think he’s making great progress. I don’t want to get too specific. But he’s getting confident, and we’re getting confident.

Then whatever happened Wednesday happened.

“He’s been making great progress this week,” Taylor said. “(Last) Wednesday was a good day. Monday was a good day. Now, he’s getting back into the fold. We’ll have a good plan in place for him on Sunday.”

Green, 31, has  played in only one game since Oct. 28 of last year. He was limited to nine games by a right foot injury last year. He missed three games with the injury and then re-injured it in his first game back – that required season-ending surgery.

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