Manny Pacquiao, the legendary boxer and the only eight-division world champion in history, is considering one final fight to cap off his illustrious 28-year, 72-fight career. Despite winning his first world title in the 112lbs flyweight division, Pacquiao climbed up the ranks all the way to the welterweight division before his last bout, where he faced Yordenis Ugas in August 2021.
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer from the famous Wild Card Gym for over two decades, revealed that Manny recently expressed his desire to have one more fight. This wouldn’t be an exhibition match; Pacquiao wants a real, competitive fight. While he hasn’t chosen an opponent yet, he is determined to step into the ring once more, even though his wife has expressed concerns about his safety.
Roach stated that it doesn’t matter who the opponent is because he, as Pacquiao’s trainer, will ensure that his fighter is prepared for a great fight. Despite not officially retiring, Manny Pacquiao seems to want to leave boxing on a high note.
Earlier rumors suggested that Conor Benn might be Pacquiao’s return opponent if the British boxer cleared his name in an ongoing doping case. However, as of now, Pacquiao has an exhibition match scheduled for 2024, which raises questions about how his plans for another competitive fight will fit in with that schedule. Nonetheless, boxing fans would be excited to witness one last showdown from the legendary ‘PacMan.’
Amir Khan, the former world champion who retired from professional boxing in May 2022 has announced his potential return to the ring. After his retirement bout against long-term rival Kell Brook, where he was stopped in the sixth round, both fighters decided to hang up their gloves. While Brook has hinted at a possible comeback to the sport, Khan seemed content with retirement but did not rule out exhibition matches.
During his time away from the ring, it was revealed that Khan had failed a post-fight doping test on the night of his loss to Brook. As a result, he received a two-year ban from all professional sports, which is set to end on April 5, 2024. Khan has maintained his innocence, and an independent panel accepted that he had not intentionally taken the banned substance.
However, despite his retirement and doping issue, Khan has now disclosed that there is a major announcement coming up in the following week. He seems to have accepted an enticing deal that would bring him back into the ring.
According to him, the fight is not a minor one; it’s going to be a super fight. While he hasn’t disclosed the opponent’s name yet, he mentioned that it’s one of the biggest names in boxing, and the fight has been a topic of discussion for quite some time.
The bout is apparently being arranged in Dubai, and both parties have signed agreements, bringing them close to finalizing the deal. If everything goes according to plan, the opponent or perhaps even the champion will be flying into Dubai for a conference to officially announce the fight. Khan’s fans and the boxing community will eagerly await further details in the upcoming weeks.
Is Pacquiao vs Khan on tap?
The giveaway: Khan said that it’s one of the biggest names in boxing, and the fight has been a topic of discussion for quite some time.
Pacquiao vs Khan was mightily discussed from 2011 to 2015, but the two never crossed paths for various reasons.