The Filipino boxing nice ought to return to the ring in 2023
January 2023 may see retired all-time boxing nice Manny Pacquiao return to the ring, in keeping with the fighter himself.
Breaking quite a few information in a storied profession that noticed him turn into an eight-division champion, Pacquiao hung up his gloves in August 2021 after shedding a unanimous resolution to then-WBA welterweight king Yordenis Ugas, who has since misplaced the strap to Pacquiao’s meant opponent that night in Errol Spence.
Over a yr on from that defeat, 43-year-old Pacquiao is in talks to tackle his former sparring associate Jaber Zayani, who boasts an unblemished 18-0 file, within the Saudi capital Riyadh.
“We will just start discussions,” Pacquiao defined to the AFP news company from Zayani’s homeland France.
Pacquiao making a foray into exhibition fights would see him observe within the footsteps of former rival Floyd Mayweather, who has taken half in a number of of them since retiring from boxing in 2017.
After dealing with a former sparring associate of his personal in Don Moore in May, Mayweather will meet Japanese MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura later in September.
Pacquiao is already booked for a charity battle in South Korean capital Seoul on December 10 the place he’ll do battle in opposition to native YouTuber DK Yoo to assist victims of the army operation in Ukraine.
“I will prepare in the same way I train for a real fight,” Pacquiao vowed, whereas beforehand making it clear that the times of sanctioned fights within the paid skilled ranks for the pugilist-turned-politician are over.