Pacquiao’s Manager Teases A Comeback Fight With Barrios

Sean Gibbons, the manager of Manny Pacquiao’s promotional company, is talking up the fighter’s comeback ahead of a potential Mario Barrios fight. 

Pacquiao retired after his 2021 loss to Yordenis Ugas. He is an eight-division champion with nothing else to prove. But at 45, he could return to face Barrios for the WBC Welterweight Title. Barrios was made the full champion once Terence Crawford became a ‘Champion in Recess’ when he moved up to 154. Pacman is now targeting another world title. He has only had one exhibition fight since he retired. He faced DK Yoo and beat him in a unanimous decision.

Further fights against Floyd Mayweather and Conor Benn have been entertained. The Filipino announced a Mayweather rematch at RIZN 45 last year, but nothing materialized. Talks over a Benn fight also broke down. Pacquiao is scheduled to fight RIZIN’s Chihiro Suzuki on July 28 in a three-round exhibition. He will then target a potential Barrios fight. 

“Look, the fans want to see Manny Pacquiao one more time. What happened last time [a 2021 WBA welterweight title loss in Las Vegas to then-champion Yordenis Ugas] left so many people leaving that arena depressed. Manny should have won. He wants to win again. I’ve been with him in training. He’s fast, he’s quick, he’s the Manny of five to 10 years ago.

“Let’s be honest, 80 percent of Manny Pacquiao beats most of the guys out there today. Unlike Floyd, Manny didn’t cherry pick his opponents. He fought [Juan Manuel] Marquez, [Erik] Morales and [Marco Antonio] Barrera all at their best weights. He took some losses, yes, but that’s why his record as a welterweight is better than Floyd, than Oscar [De La Hoya], and it will be shown when we make the Barrios fight,” Gibbons said

However, father time catches up with every boxer as fans were worried about a comeback.


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