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Manny Pacquiao Returns in the Fall



Manny Pacquiao


Eight time division titleholder Manny Pacquiao is set to make his return to boxing October 29th or November 5th. Manny Pacquiao last fought against Tim Bradley April 9th and won via unanimous decision. The venue for the fight has not been determined yet, but will most likely be at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It will be tougher to schedule future fight dates and venues because of Manny Pacquiao’s responsibilities with him being in the senate.

“Manny wants to come back. The problem is he can only come back if it doesn’t interfere with his senate duties,” Arum said. “We had penciled him in for Oct. 15 at Mandalay Bay, but we were informed that is no longer possible because he has to spend that week leading up to Oct. 15 formulating the budget in the senate and doing the votes.”

After months of speculation that if Manny Pacuiao were to return, he would fight (32-2,24kos) Adrien Broner.

“I worked very, very hard with Al to make the Broner fight, but Al was never able to bring Broner around to a realistic number,” Arum said. “He wanted what we haven’t paid anybody in a long time. Just a crazy number. In effect he wanted parity with Manny, and Al agreed that he couldn’t do anything with him. The kid is crazy.”

Koncz said he was disappointed that Broner “outpriced himself.”

Pacquiao“Broner is a decent fighter, and it would be entertaining for the fans,” Koncz said. “But I lost respect for him because he outrageously outpriced himself. We even offered him an upside so if the pay-per-view sold really well he would make even more money. I’ve lost all respect for him as a person.

“So we’ll get another opponent for Manny to fight. I’m not sure who, but we want a meaningful fight and an entertaining fight.”

Bob Arum said that a fight with Terrence Crawford (28-0,20kos) is likely as well and if the fight happened Pacquiao would drop to 140 to challenge for his world title.  Even welterweight titleholder Jessie Vargas (27-1,10kos) is also an option.

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