Manny Pacquiao plans to have more professional fights as the 45-year-old plans a comeback.
Pacquiao’s last professional fight was against Yordenis Ugas in 2021, as he lost a unanimous decision. The eight-division champion then called time on this career. Since then, he has had an exhibition against DK Yoo, beating him via a unanimous decison. He is also on course to face Muay Thai fighter Buakaw Banchamek in an exhibition bout on April 20.
Pacman has also been linked with a Floyd Mayweather rematch. Pacquiao announced the rematch at a RIZN event in Japan, but Mayweather has yet to confirm if that will happen. The Filipino also desires to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, which would require him to get through the qualifying stages. But at 45, he needs an exemption from the IOC since the cut-off point is for those aged between 19 and 40.
But when it came to the professional ranks, Pacman had unfinished business. He has been linked with a crossover fight with Conor McGregor, and Pacman even called out Gervonta Davis. Those are lucrative fights, with even Ryan Garcia being mentioned. Sean Gibbons, who oversees Pacquiao’s promotional company, has hinted at a return.
“Technically he’s out of retirement. He would love to fight Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia. He’s got about a year left. He just wants to fight. Manny feels that he’s in tremendous shape. He’s training for this exhibition but hopefully that will lead to something bigger and better. I do [see a pro return for Pacquiao],” Gibbons said
There are worries that facing young and hungry fighters such as Gervonta Davis would damage Pacquio’s legacy, given the danger of taking serious punishment. Pacquiao’s skills are understandably not what they used to be due to his age. But with the of rise of crossover fights and Saudi Arabia’s entry into boxing, anything is possible.
Ugas took Manny out to the pasture. Everyone gets old. Congrats on a hall of fame career. Don't go down the punch drunk route
— C Vinet (@invisibleCTV) February 2, 2024
Tank would hurt unk, I wouldn’t want to watch that. 😭
— brick by brick. (@aincomeinvestor) February 2, 2024
He's going to get hurt badly just to pay off that tax bill.
— DLNYSportsfan1960 (@Darryl1960) February 2, 2024