Retired boxing icon Manny Pacquiao who has recently secured a seat in senate has been scheduled by his promoter to fight in October this year.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said they reserved October 15 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for Manny’s possible comeback fight, the Los Angeles Times reported.
But Arum clarified that nothing was final yet and they were only reserving the date and location in case Manny’s ever-growing commitments permit him to lace up his gloves once again. “We have the date… just to protect ourselves,” he said.
Pacquiao's possible opponents include WBO junior-welterweight champion Terence Crawford and unbeaten WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman.
Arum added that they were definitely considering Manny’s rival, Floyd Mayweather Jr., but a megabout between the two boxing superstars was still a long shot for now. “Definitely not Mayweather. We’ve been told he’s not ready to fight yet. Otherwise, of course, we’d consider that,” noted the Hall of Fame promoter.
Pacquiao fought Mayweather in May 2015 in what was the most lucrative fight in boxing history. Although he lost, Pacquiao redeemed himself by convincingly defeating Timothy Bradley Jr. in their third outing last April 9.
Both superstars have since retired from the sport with Manny investing his time in Philippine politics.
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