Manny Pacquiao has made it clear he will not be boxing again – at least not competitively.
The 43-year-old turned his back on the sport last August after he lost to Yordenis Ugas for the WBA welterweight title.
Pacquiao, a multi-division champion in his time, focused on the presidential election in his home country but the Filipino failed to garner enough votes for victory.
And now the legend of the game is planning on fighting a YouTuber.
DK Yoo, a South Korean, will be in the opposite corner over the course of six two-minute rounds when Pacquiao fights.
Whilst speaking to Rappler, Pacquiao said:
“I just want to work hard and make sure my condition is 100 per cent,” “Although this is just a charity event to help people out, we will still prepare like it’s a championship fight.”
The event, which will take place on December 11, is planned to raise funds for victims of the war in Ukraine and homeless families in the Philippines. Pacquiao added:
“I took this exhibition to help out more in need, so we can continue giving out homes to our countrymen who don’t have one.”
“I already have a lot of Pacman Villages started, but not yet finished. The income from this fight will be used for more homes.”
Pacquiao, who will meet Yoo without a weight limit, has enjoyed a quiet life since coming third in the presidential elections but was recently spotted in Barcelona. Reports of a potential end to his retirement intensified after that appearance, but ‘Pacman’ has now put paid to any idea of a comeback.