Philippine boxing nice Manny Pacquiao is within the “remaining levels” of talks for a bout towards American star Mikey Garcia, an aide to the Filipino fighter stated Thursday.
The date and venue for a Pacquiao-Garcia match-up may very well be introduced as early as subsequent week, Jayke Joson, particular assistant to the previous eight-weight world champion, advised AFP.
Native media stories stated a July battle in Dubai was on the playing cards.
Pacquiao, 42, has not fought since claiming the World Boxing Affiliation’s welterweight “tremendous” world title with a surprising victory over Keith Thurman in Las Vegas in July 2019.
Former four-division world champion Garcia, who’s 9 years youthful, has additionally been idle since early 2020 when he beat Jessie Vargas on factors.
Pacquiao, an elected senator in his nation, stated final yr he wished to battle Irish combined martial arts star Conor McGregor in 2021, however the talks went nowhere.
Garcia, crushed solely as soon as and with 30 of his 40 skilled wins ending in knockouts, would pose a formidable problem to Pacquiao, who has a 62-7 win-loss report with two attracts over a 26-year boxing profession.
A return to the ring would give Pacquiao the possibility for one more profitable payday as he nears the top of an illustrious boxing profession.