Maybe the “retired” life as a member of the Philippines Senate just wasn’t exciting enough for the Pac Man. Manny Pacquiao, the only fighter ever to hold titles in eight weight divisions, is returning the ring this fall after having quit boxing following a win in April. Top Rank promoter confirmed today that a Pacquiao fight will be the main event on an HBO PPV card in Las Vegas in late October or early November.
No opponent is set for the 37-year-old’s “comeback” bout, but don’t expect it to be Floyd Mayweather Jr, who beat Pacquiao last year in the richest boxing event of all time. Their May 2015 fight overwhelmed cable systems and ended up scoring an estimated $400 million in PPV revenue for HBO and Showtime. Mayweather retired in September. Well, supposedly — after all, this is the sweet science.
Arum told ESPN that Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) will train around his duties as a member of the Philippines Senate, to which he was elected just two weeks ago after a six-year stint in the Pacific nation’s House of Representatives. Add that to his outside-the-ring careers as a pro basketball player, singer, actor and TV host.