After his final rematch with Tim Bradley the world of boxing bid farewell to Manny Pacquiao. The Filipino boxing legend accumulated a fight record of 59-6-2 in a career that spans over two decades.
Manny Pacquiao is already regarded as one of the best boxers of all-time, and the only eight-division world champion. When he announced his retirement fans knew the time was just right. In a sense, even if he lost to his rival Floyd Mayweather there was practically nothing more left for him to prove.
That was months ago, on April 9, 2016 to be exact. Manny Pacquiao already unretired after a short while and fought Vargas on November. For 2017, Bob Arum expects him to fight three times more. In fact, the Pac-Man is slated to fight around the world like Muhammad Ali.
Manny Pacquiao tour, like Muhammad Ali
The proposed match up between Manny Pacquiao and the Australian pro boxer Jeff Horn is very much a surprise. Other boxers that he may face are Terence Crawford and Ricky Burns. Stories circulate that the Filipino is focused on fighting at Australia, at least for the moment.
“Right now, we are only looking at Australia,’’ Bob Arum said in a report by CourierMail. As soon as the “conditional contract’’ is formalized, Arum is said to travel to the Philippines for Manny’s signature.
There are other fight locations being discussed, such as in Russia and the Middle East. “While Bob Arum has the authority to negotiate for Manny Pacquiao, we are also looking at the possibility of bringing the fight to the United Arab Emirates,’’ Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz said.
Perhaps more will follow if Manny Pacquiao continues to do well. His crossover popularity is expected to do him well, as it did for Muhammad Ali.
“What came up is this opportunity for Manny to fight in various places in the world,” Bob Arum told BoxingScene. “Australia, England, Mideast and Russia, even. I’ve been getting offers. So then I talked to Manny Pacquiao and we decided, ‘Let’s do a world tour like Muhammad Ali.’ And as long as he’s performing OK, every couple of months we’d fight in a different place. And that was very appealing to Pacquiao.”
“If he keeps fighting regularly, every couple of months, he’s not gonna have to devote as much time to a training camp.”
But still, what of his senatorial duties that he initially retired for?
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