MANILA: Philippine boxing idol Manny Pacquiao stated his subsequent opponent can be both world champion Lucas Matthysse or Danny Garcia after rejecting an undercard supply to face Mike Alvarado.
He stated Malaysia can be chosen as venue for the combat and it is going to be held in Could or June.
Pacquiao advised 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 combat. If not Could, this coming June, perhaps 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 combat on the undercard of the Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford combat within the US in April.
Pacquiao, who has gained 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 combat in Malaysia, Pacquiao stated “as a result of these in Malaysia appealed to even have a combat 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 go away his report 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 prior to now eight years.
In January, Pacquiao rejected calls to retire for good, including he didn’t consider his latest losses tarnished his report.
He parlayed his sporting fame to get elected to the influential Senate in 2016 and has needed to juggle his coaching and matches together with his legislative schedule.
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