MANILA: Philippine boxing idol Manny Pacquiao stated his subsequent opponent can be both world champion Lucas Matthysse or Danny Garcia after rejecting an undercard provide to face Mike Alvarado.
He stated Malaysia will probably be chosen as venue for the struggle and it will likely be held in Might or June.
Pacquiao informed ABS-CBN tv in an interview aired Tuesday that his camp had narrowed the alternatives all the way down to World Boxing Affiliation welterweight champion Matthysse, of Argentina, or the American former WBA super-welterweight and World Boxing Council welterweight champ Garcia, who was unbeaten till final yr.
“Positively, Malaysia is the place we are going to struggle. If not Might, this coming June, possibly third week of June, so the preparation won’t battle with my work,” stated Pacquiao, who can also be a senator.
Final week Pacquiao, 39, rejected a proposal to struggle on the undercard of the Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford struggle within the US in April.
Pacquiao, who has received world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, beforehand stated he was eyeing an April date with Ukraine’s World Boxing Organisation superfeatherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko throughout a break from his senatorial duties.
Requested why he would struggle in Malaysia, Pacquiao stated “as a result of these in Malaysia appealed to even have a struggle there”.
Pacquiao is a nationwide hero within the Philippines however there have been rising questions on whether or not the ageing boxer can nonetheless command the mammoth paydays that his fights used to earn.
He misplaced his WBO welterweight title to the Australian Horn final yr to depart his file standing at 59 wins, seven losses and two attracts, and is now within the twilight of his profession.
The Filipino southpaw retired briefly in 2016 however made a comeback to retake his WBO title from Jessie Vargas simply months later. He has not scored a knockout win up to now eight years.
In January, Pacquiao rejected calls to retire for good, including he didn’t imagine his current losses tarnished his file.
He parlayed his sporting fame to get elected to the influential Senate in 2016 and has needed to juggle his coaching and matches along with his legislative schedule.
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