At 41, Manny Pacquiao has seemingly done it all in the boxing world. An eight-division world champion, Pacquiao (62-7-2) hasn’t fought since July 2019. With various fighters looking to challenge the current WBA Welterweight Champion, what is Pacquiao interested in doing?
Speaking with Boxing Scene, trainer Freddie Roach stated the game plan of Pacquiao. The Senator of the Philippines is hoping to face elite opponents before moving on from the sport.
“I’ve had discussions with Manny on having two more fights for his career and then maybe (stay) in the politician side of it. Manny would like to fight a couple of more times and then run for the presidency of his country,” Roach said. “The first fighter to ever do that and it will be another part of his history and I think he will be really good at.”
Pacquiao beat Keith Thurman in his last fight via split decision for the WBA “super” belt. Making his professional debut in 1995 at age 16, Pacquiao won the WBC Flyweight Title at age 19. He would then win the IBF and WBO Super-Bantamweight, WBA and IBF Featherweight, WBC Lightweight, WBO Welterweight, and WBA Welterweight Titles. Following a controversial loss to Jeff Horn, Pacquiao is on a three-fight win streak. He beat Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner, and Thurman.
As far as future opponents for him, Bob Arum has been attempting to book Pacquiao against Terence Crawford. What does Team Pacquiao think about a bout against the WBO Welterweight Champion?
“Arum’s fighter is making a lot of noise, Terence Crawford. I think Terence Crawford is a very good fighter and maybe one of the toughest fights in the world for Manny but it wouldn’t be somebody I would turn down,” Roach went on to say. “The thing about Manny is he doesn’t just want to fight. He doesn’t just want to fight opponents and so forth. He wants to fight the best guys out there.”
Other fights on the table for Pacquiao would include Mikey Garcia and a Thurman rematch. A fight that is making rumblings is one against Gennadiy Golovkin. Pacquiao last fought around 150 pounds ten years ago, when he weighed 144.8 pounds against Antonio Margarito. If it was anything over 147 lbs, Pacquiao wouldn’t be interested. Roach agreed but stated that anything is possible.
A rematch with Floyd Mayweather is on everyone’s mind. The highly-anticipated contest in 2015 had Mayweather winning via unanimous decision. It was revealed that Pacquiao suffered from an injury that limited him. As a result, Pacquiao lost the WBO Welterweight Title. The two have teased facing one another again recently. Would Pacquiao consider it?
“What he would like best is (Floyd) Mayweather one more time,” Roach stated. “He would like to get that one back one more time. He would. Watching the fight with no commentary it was a pretty close fight. He fought well but he can fight much better and with much more activity. I think the activity would be too much for Mayweather. Then again, Mayweather might not come back.”
Mayweather has since retired and is looking to continue to compete in exhibition bouts.
As of now, no true update has been given regarding a future Pacquiao fight.