MANILA: Philippine boxing idol Manny Pacquiao mentioned his subsequent opponent can be both world champion Lucas Matthysse or Danny Garcia after rejecting an undercard provide to face Mike Alvarado.
He mentioned Malaysia will likely be chosen as venue for the combat and it will likely be held in Might or June.
Pacquiao advised ABS-CBN tv in an interview aired Tuesday that his camp had narrowed the alternatives right 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.
“Undoubtedly, Malaysia is the place we are going to combat. If not Might, this coming June, possibly third week of June, so the preparation is not going to battle with my work,” mentioned Pacquiao, who can also be a senator.
Final week Pacquiao, 39, rejected a suggestion to combat on the undercard of the Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford combat within the US in April.
Pacquiao, who has received world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, beforehand mentioned 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 mentioned “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 previously eight years.
In January, Pacquiao rejected calls to retire for good, including he didn’t imagine his current 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 along with his legislative schedule.
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