According to numerous sources, contrary to reports that Pacquiao's return to the ring has been pushed back to December 1, it appears that the original date of November 10 is still in play. "Like I said, Arum is just having problems getting Pacquiao to agree to the money for the opponent, who will probably be Bradley, but Marquez is still possible," a source with knowledge of situation informed us. "Originally, he [Koncz] thought they would need more time to convince him, but you know that's nothing that a little envelope full of green can't fix and it looks like Pacquiao may go ahead and fight in November."
When news first leaked that there was a possibility of the postponement, Nevada State Athletic Director Keith Kizer revealed that Top Rank was still planning to do a pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 10 despite Pacquiao's absence from the card. "Top Rank has informed us that they're still going forward with the pay per view on Nov. 10 at the MGM, so that's still going to be on our agenda, but it will not be headlined by Manny Pacquiao," Kizer would tell Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com.
Later that day, both adviser Michael Koncz and Top Rank President Todd duBoef would confirm that Pacquiao's ring return would likely be pushed back to December 1 to prevent Pacquiao from having to miss valuable time in training camp due to a requirement for him to be physically present in the Philippines in early October to file his certificate of candidacy (COC) for re-election. That reason, however, was disputed a day later when James Jimenez, spokesman for the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), revealed that Pacquiao can file his certificate of candidacy by simply sending the documents with an authorized representative during the filing period.
Now, it appears that promoter Bob Arum is close to reaching a financial agreement with Pacquiao, so he's cleaning up the smokescreen that Koncz and duBoef laid that allowed him to work behind the scenes. According to a recent conversation he had with Brad Cooney of Examiner.com/8countnews, Arum is now saying that November 10 is still a go. "Yes, everything will be decided by the weekend. I have had meetings with everyone and by Monday afternoon, we will announce the place, the opponent, and the date. Don't go overboard on this statement that the fight has to be on December 1st because of Manny's election. The election commission just ruled in The Philippine's that Manny can authorize somebody to file for him. He doesn't have to be back in October. Manny can have an authorized representative file his papers for him," Arum explained, basically summarizing everything we've been telling you over the past couple of days. When asked point blank if November 10 is still the date for Pacquiao's return to the ring, Arum simply replied, "It looks that way, yes."
Assuming everything goes according to plan for Arum this weekend, it looks like there will be plenty of time to move forward with the multi-city press tour that was previously planned to kick off on September 4, making it unnecessary to push back Pacquiao's date to December 1.