WBA (Super) welterweight champion of the world Manny Pacquiao has been on a hiatus away from boxing since 2019 July, but wholehearted believes that he can have two fights upon his return next year.
Manny Pacquiao (62–7–2, 39 KOs) Senator of the Philippines and eight-division champion was last seen in action against Keith Thurman on 20th July last year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada where he clinched the WBA welterweight belt via split decision.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, “PacMan” was expected to make his return to the ring this year, which couldn’t happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Manny Pacquiao expected to make his boxing return post-2021 March
Now, 2021 is set to mark the 41-year-old’s return to the ring, as Manny self assesses himself to be ready for 2 matches next year, although, he won’t be able to have any bout until April because of senator duties.
“We still have sessions in March so there’s no way I am going to fight during that time,” Pacquiao said in an interview with Daily Tribune, “I think I can do two [fights] next year.”
Regarding PacMan’s potential opponent, there have been many in recent times who have expressed their desire to take him on. From WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford to IBF/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence, four-division champion Mikey Garcia and even UFC icon Conor McGregor, all have spoken up about a potential fight with Manny.
All that being said, the current boxing matches are being held without any crowd presence due to the pandemic situation and Manny’s associate Choi Garcia believes the superstar won’t fight without a crowd presence.
“I just don’t see him fighting without any crowd involvement,” Garcia acknowledged, “He draws energy from the crowd. No one knows when his next fight will be.”