Manny Pacquiao Targeting Pro Boxing Return in 2024

Manny Pacquiao could come back for another bout at the age of 45 next year.

That is according to Bob Arum. The eight-division champions’s last professional fight was in 2021 against Yordenis Ugas. Pacman would end up losing via a unanimous decision as he walked away from the sport. Since then, Manny has undertaken an exhibition. He beat DK Yoo, an MMA fighter, before agreeing to fight Muay Thai fighter Buakaw Banchamek in 2024. However, a fight against Banchamek remains in doubt, which is why other names are now being put forward.

Pacman has been linked with a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Other names which were mentioned included Amir Khan and even a fight against Gervonta Davis. And yet, Bob Arum has suggested that Josh Taylor could be an option. The former undisputed junior welterweight champion suffered his first loss at the hands of Teofimo Lopez, who took the Scot’s WBO belt. Thereafter, Taylor confirmed he would be moving up to 147, which is why Pacman could come in due to his reported need for money.

“A guy I’d like to get for [Josh] Taylor is Pacquiao. I think that’d be a good fight. Maybe they could do it at a catchweight or maybe at 147. I think that’s a fight that Pacquiao would be interested in. Yes, he loves doing it [spending money]. He spends an awful lot of money. He spent [a lot of money running] for office President [of the Philippines].

“But he wouldn’t take anybody’s contributions, which is the normal thing to do. He’s a very wealthy guy, Pacquiao, but Manny wants to continue his career for at least another year or two. [Money is] the reason why they all come back. At a catchweight, or maybe even welter, because I think Taylor is having trouble fighting at 140, so we [can] do a catchweight or full 147,” Arum

Despite this being the case, boxing fans were against the idea since Pacman was 45. 

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