He has been retired for a few years but Manny Pacquiao keeps speaking of a return to the ring and is now said to be in talks for a fight with a fellow retired former world champion.
Pacquiao made headlines recently when announcing his intent to compete in the Paris 2024 Olympics Games. Should he do so – and there are plenty of hurdles to clear if the dream is to become a reality – he would be 45 years of age by the time the competition comes around.
His last fight came in 2021 when he took a bruising loss to fringe contender Yordenis Ugas. That was his 72nd professional fight in a career that took in multiple world titles and historic battles with the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Timothy Bradley, Ricky Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, former light-welterweight world champion and British favourite, Amir Khan, has revealed that he is in discussions for a fight with the ‘Pacman’ even though he is also retired and has not fought since losing to long-term rival Kell Brook last February.
“We are in talks. We’ve spoken a few times and that fight could happen. There’s a lot of interest in that fight between Manny Pacquiao and myself. Manny is in town so this is where me and him will have a sit down. If it happens (the fight) here or somewhere else it would be great.”
Should it happen, Khan predicts a ‘brilliant’ fight
“If I fight Manny Pacquiao I think it will be a brilliant fight. I’ve always looked up to him and we know each other quite well.”