Abregu has surgery on right hand

Welterweight contender Luis Carlos Abregu, who was under consideration for one of the televised slots on the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios HBO PPV card on Nov. 23 in Macau, China, will instead be resting his injured right hand.

Abregu, 29, of Argentina, will be out of action for the rest of the year after recent surgery on the damaged hand, his matchmaker, Sean Gibbons, told ESPN.com.

“His hand has been bothering him, so he had surgery and is out for the year,” Gibbons said.

Abregu's manager, Pablo Martinez, said the fighter should be ready to go in January, according to Gibbons.

Abregu, whose only loss was by decision to Timothy Bradley Jr. in 2010, scored a seventh-round knockout of top prospect Thomas Dulorme in October.

Abregu (35-1, 28 KOs) injured his hand in his next fight, a 10-round decision against Antonin Decarie on April 27 in Argentina on the undercard of middleweight champion Sergio Martinez’s homecoming fight against Martin Murray.

“That hand has been bothering him since the fight with [Decarie] in April,” Gibbons said.