The former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is coming out of retirement to fight welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in November.
The Philippian boxer hasn’t fought since beating Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision in April at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, winning the vacant WBO International and Lineal welterweight championship titles. In the fight Pacquiao looked very good knocking down Bradley twice and outpointing his opponent throughout the bout.
Since his last fight Manny Pacquiao has been elected to the Philippine Senate meaning he will has to combine his promotional work for the fight with his political duties.
When talking about his comeback fight and his reason to come out of retirement Pacquiao stated he missed boxing and what comes with it.
“Boxing is my passion. I miss what I had been doing inside the gym and atop the ring,” Pacquiao told Sky Sports.
“The sport is my main source of income. I can’t rely on my salary as a public official. I am helping the family of my wife and my own family, as well. Many people also come to me to ask for help and I just couldn’t ignore them.”
Many boxing experts are expecting a close encounter with the 27-year-old American Jessie Vargas winning 27 fights, 10 by knockout and losing only one. Meanwhile he is 10 years younger than Pacquiao that should give him the endurance and quickness over his counterpart making this a dangerous fight for the Philippian fighter, who most say is past his prime.
During his professional boxing career Manny Pacquiao has faced many huge box office fights, including beating six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya by technical knockout, winning against Ricky Hatton via knockout and quite recently lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr.