Barely a year after announcing his retirement as a professional boxer, manny pacquiao confirmed that he will return to the ring for an exhibition fight in Saudi Arabia during 2023. The Filipino, after failing to become president of his country, will step into the ring again at 44 years old.
manny pacquiao He is an absolute legend of boxing, an activity that he developed professionally for more than 25 years. Pac-Man is the only fighter in history to win world titles in eight different weight classes and throughout his career he has starred in some of the most money-making fights in the sport.
Pacquiao retired with a record of 62 wins, eight losses and two draws.
the fight between Filipino boxer and Floyd Mayweather, which took place on May 2, 2015, is currently the one that generated the most money in boxing history. Pacquiao was defeated by a unanimous decision of the judges, although he pocketed 125 million dollars in what was the largest purse of his career.
Pacquiao scored the last victory of his career against Thurman
manny pacquiao It also owns other of the most important purses that were paid in the history of boxing. In 2012, he received 26 million dollars for his first fight against the American Thimoty Bradley, while he collected 22 million dollars for the fourth fight against the Mexican Juan Manuel Márquez. In a curious fact, the Filipino was defeated in the three fights that generated the most money by contract.
On July 20, 2019, manny pacquiao defeated Keith Thurman by split decision to win the WBA welterweight title. He also collected a bag of 10 million dollars in what was one of his last big evenings. In August 2021, after more than two years of inactivity, he lost to Yordenis Ugas by unanimous decision and pocketed $5 million before announcing his retirement.
Who is Jaber Zayani, Manny Pacquiao’s rival
manny pacquiao he will return to the ring next year and put on an exhibition against Frenchman Jaber Zayani. The 31-year-old boxer helped the former Senator from the Philippines as a sparring partner in the preparation of his fight against Keith Thurman and has a professional record of 18 wins, with no losses or draws, with 11 knockouts.
Zayani’s last fight was on March 20, when he defeated Filipino Jonel Gadapan. In dialogue with “Malina Times”, Pac-Man’s rival assured that he will try to take advantage of his great opportunity: “I am seeing this as my greatest opportunity and, surely, I will make the most of it. It is an exhibition, but it is still an opportunity to show my talent”.