The boxing comeback of Manny Pacquiao was recently confirmed by the boxing champ itself!
Pacquiao’s boxing comeback will be on November 5 to fight WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas.
The boxing icon turned Senator issued a statement confirming his boxing comeback. He said that his entire training camp in his home country so he can also attend to his legislative work, as he promised during the election campaign.
His adviser however, Michael Koncz, said there will be a promotional tour from Sept. 8-10 in Los Angeles, after which Pacquiao and his team will go home so he can attend to his Senate duties.
The 37-year old boxing champ expressed his excitement of his boxing comeback, stating that he will fight again to earn a living.
It was previously reported prior to his last fight in April that he is going to retire. And during the campaign for the May 9 election, he assured Filipino voters that he would focus on legislative work if elected to the Senate. (Read: Manny Paquiao bids farewell to boxing )
“Yes, the fight is on. I have agreed to a Nov. 5 fight with reigning WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas,” Pacquiao said.
“Boxing is my passion. I miss what I’d been doing inside the gym and atop the ring,” he added.
Being a grown up from poverty, he said that boxing is his main source of income. He said he could not rely just on his salary as a public official.
According to reports, Pacquiao met for two hours with Bob Arum, the head of Top Rank Boxing, on Tuesday night in Manila and they will meet again soon for the contract signing, Koncz said.
Meanwhile, his victory in the Senate is the latest chapter of Pacquiao’s stunning rags-to-riches story. He had worked odd jobs before lacing up the gloves at the age of 12. He rose steadily and became a champion in eight boxing divisions, making him one of the world’s most celebrated and wealthiest athletes.
Previously, he has represented southern Sarangani province in the House of Representatives since May 2010, though he had been criticized for seldom showing up for legislative duties due to his preoccupation with boxing.