Pacquiao set to return to the ring

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It is appears to no longer be a question of ‘if’ Manny Pacquiao is going to come out of retirement, but rather ‘when’?

Pacquiao had said that he would retire after beating Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision in April, with the Filipino legend instead switching focus to politics. He was elected to the Philippines senate in May.

However, even in the immediate aftermath of his fight with Bradley, the 37-year-old was less than convincing regarding questions as to whether the bout would really be his last.

“My heart is 50/50,” he said during the post-fight press conference. “I might enjoy my retired life or I might want to come back. It’s hard to say because I’m not there yet. But right now my decision is to retire.”

Bob Arum, who has promoted Pacquiao since 2005, has now revealed to The Guardian that the Philippines senator has been given the green light to fight once more – as long as the bout doesn’t interfere with his duties.

“He now has given us the go-ahead to shop for a venue and an opponent and see if we can do it on a particular date or dates,” said Arum. “We’ve been trying to work out a date that doesn’t interfere with his senatorial responsibilities and his ability to train.”


According to Arum, it appears that his charge will fight on either October 29 or November 5, with an opponent yet to be decided. Two men who he won’t be fighting are Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Of Broner, who lost his title after he failed to make weight against Ashley Theophane in April, Arum said: “[Broner] wants more than Pacquiao. Forget it. Obviously he doesn’t want the fight or just doesn’t understand the economics of this business.”

Arum also poured cold water talk of a rematch with Mayweather, stating that: “Mayweather was not looking to fight this year if ever.”