Manny Pacquiao Isn’t Officially Returning, Says Days As ‘Pro-Boxer’ Are Over
The former eight-division world champion, Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao is set to make another ring appearance but this time for an exhibition purpose against the Korean Martial Artist, DK Yoo later this year. The two fighters are set to face each other in Seoul this December.
Pacquiao spoke at a press conference held at Shangri-La The Fort on Wednesday night. He insisted that he has no plans of making a full-term boxing comeback. And that this fight is solely for a charity purpose.
“I just want to work hard and make sure my conditioning is 100 percent so I can still show off my skills in the ring,” Pacquiao said at the presser.
“Although this is just a charity event to help people out, we will still prepare like it’s a championship fight. I took this exhibition to help out more in need, so we can continue giving out homes to our countrymen who don’t have one. I already have a lot of Pacman Villages started, but not yet finished. The income from this fight will be used for more homes.”
The money generated through this PPV going to the war-ridden people of Ukraine and also to construct shelters for the homeless person back in the Philippines.
The fight is a six-round exhibition with each round lasting just two minutes. Moreover, both fighters haven’t agreed to any weight limit yet with the Korean fighter currently hovering around 175 to 180 pounds while Pacquiao seems to be just slightly over his welterweight range, scaling around 150-153.
And it’s not the first time, Pacman has come forward and helped the people in need.
Pacquiao served as a Senator of the Philippines from 2016 to 2022 and also ran for the Philippine presidential campaign this year. Though results didn’t come in his favor.
While on the other hand, Yoo, 42, became an internet sensation overnight following his PPV fight against Brad Scott last December.
But now he will be facing a genuine competitor in the form of Pacman.