After defeating Timothy Bradley last April, Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement and moved out of the sports world to become a senator. However, it seems that Pacquiao’s retirement has been short-lived as he will be returning to the ring in November.
According to his promoter, Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao will face Terence Crawford who was in action last July 23 beating Viktor Postol in the super-lightweight division at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After winning via unanimous decision, Crawford unified the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Championship (WBC).
Boxing champion and Senator Manny Pacquiao has express his willingness to fight the rising prospect Terence Crawford inside the ring, claimed his promoter Bob Arum.
“I’ve talked to Manny and he is willing to give Terence the opportunity,” said Arum in Boxing Scene.
“But first Terence has an important commitment to fulfill before he can receive that opportunity. Manny has already said yes.”
The American boxer Terence Crawford has confirmed that he will only fight in the 140 pound weight category. “It will be at 140 definitely. But I’m going on vacation right now. We’re not worried about Manny Pacquiao right now.” said Crawford.
The Boxing champ Pacquiao, who is currently 147 pounds, reportedly wants to go down to his natural fighting weight 140 pounds, which makes Crawford the perfect choice of opponent considering he is also in the same weight.
Paquiao, who is already 37 years old, has just only three months before returning to the ring. He was recently elected as a Senator in May and has said that he would like to focus on his job, however, recently fueled talk of coming back to the ring.
“Boxing is always my passion and I grew up as a boxer. The Lord helped me make a name in boxing history,” he told Agence France-Presse.
Pacquiao added he was still physically fit to return to the ring. “I am still strong. I am still young,” he said.