Pacquiao Aims for Return in Spring 2020
Manny Pacquiao will look to follow up an incredible 2019 campaign next year, and he aims to continue his roll when he returns to the ring, preferably in either March or April.
Pacquiao made a defense of the WBA (Regular) welterweight title in January with a unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner before challenging then-WBA (Super) champion Keith Thurman in July. Pacquiao defeated him by split decision, looking like his previous form in the process.
Now, Pacquiao hopes to return to the ring but wants to do so when the Senate in the Philippines is on recess between March 14 and May 3.
“I can fight in March, April because the Senate will be on break during that time,” Pacquiao told the Manila Bulletin.
Some of Pacquiao’s staff has claimed April 11 is a potential fight date, but that has not been confirmed nor denied.
Sean Gibbons, the head of Manny Pacquiao Promotions, expects the boxing icon to fight sometime in Q1 2020.
“He will fight in the first quarter but there is no date yet,” Gibbons said.
Who Pacquiao fights next is also uncertain, perhaps even more so. If he stays fighting on a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card, potential opponents can include IBF/WBC champion Errol Spence Jr., as well as Mikey Garcia, Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, Yordenis Ugas and more.
Mikey Garcia, a four-division champion, is rumored to be the front-runner for the fight. But Freddie Roach, the Hall of Fame trainer who has worked with Pacquiao for years, expresses a desire for Danny Garcia as Pacquiao’s opponent over Mikey Garcia because Mikey Garcia is coming off a one-sided unanimous decision loss to Spence in an IBF welterweight title fight, the first loss of Mikey Garcia’s career.
Of course, Pacquiao and Spence could face off in a major three-title unification showdown, so long as Spence has fully recovered from his automobile accident at that time and cleared and ready for competition.
It should be noted, however, that upon Spence defeating Porter in their IBF/WBC title unification bout in September, Danny Garcia was named his mandatory challenger to the WBC title, and the two are expected by the sanctioning body to fight in Q1 2020, with January specifically targeted.
Quotes via Boxing Scene