Manny Pacquiao plans to return to the ring in an exhibition fight scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia in the first quarter of 2023.after an unsuccessful bid to become head of state in the presidential elections last May in the Philippines, the promoter of the fight told Efe.
Pacquiao, 43 years old and sole winner of twelve world titles in eight different categories, plans to fight in Riyadh against French boxer Jaber Zayani, 31 and that he is “sparring” for the Philippine champion, according to event promoter Abdullah Almurad, CEO of Elite Sport Athlete.
In principle, the event is scheduled for the first months of 2023 in the Saudi capitalas confirmed by Abdullah Almurad (AAM, as the businessman is known in Saudi Arabia).
last monday, Pacquiaowho announced his retirement from professional boxing in September last year, signed the contract sealing the deal for the match, for which a specific date has yet to be decided.
Sources close to the Pinoy boxer admitted in statements to Efe the existence of the agreement, to which Efe has access, although they did not want to confirm the fight.
The Filipino boxer hung up his gloves last year to dedicate himself to his country’s presidential campaign, which he lost despite garnering more than 3.6 million votes.
To his guardian, Manny Pacquiao won world titles in flyweight, super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, super lightweightwelterweight and super welterweight.
Pacquiao mixed the gloves in politics, having been elected congressman in 2010 and then senator in 2016, eventually unsuccessfully seeking the presidency of his country in 2022.
Source: La Verdad
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