Manny Pacquiao to come out of retirement for Nov. 5 fight

Likely opponents are welterweight titleholder Jessie Vargas, Terence Crawford or Viktor Postol.
By The Sports Xchange  |  July 21, 2016 at 1:59 PM
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Manny Pacquiao will come out of retirement to fight against an opponent to be determined on Nov. 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, promoter Bob Arum told multiple outlets.

Pacquiao, 37, announced his retirement following an April 9 victory over Timothy Bradley Jr. in their third fight so he could focus on his senate duties in the Philippines. However, Pacquiao was widely expected to return to the ring at some point, and Arum and Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz said he would return to the ring as long as it did not compromise his senate schedule in order to train.

Arum, who had narrowed the fight dates down to Oct. 29 or Nov. 5, when the senate is in recess, said Pacquiao will handle his senate duties during the day when in session and train at night.

The fight will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center after MGM officials were unable to clear other events from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Mandalay Bay Events Center and the T-Mobile Arena. UNLV had to move an exhibition basketball game to accomodate the fight.

"I couldn't get a building, but we were finally able to secure Thomas & Mack Center," Arum told ESPN.com. "So I am doing the fight with my friend Steve Wynn (whose Wynn Resorts will serve as the host casino). MGM really wanted to do the fight but they didn't have a building. They did everything they could to free up a place for us but Nov. 5 didn't work, but that is what worked for Manny.

"We are going to film Manny - if we can get into the senate - working as a senator during the day and then training at night. We'll have a camera crew over in the Philippines. But then he will finish with the budget votes he has to work on around Oct. 15 and he will come to Los Angeles with (trainer) Freddie (Roach) and finish training."

Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) will fight on HBO PPV, according to Arum, who has narrowed the opponent down to three fighters he promotes: welterweight titleholder Jessie Vargas, Terence Crawford (he first has to defeat Viktor Postol in a unification fight on Saturday), or Postol. Arum said Adrien Broner, who is promoted by Al Haymon, priced himself out of the fight. Broner also began a 30-day jail sentence Tuesday and faces a trial for felony assault charges stemming from a January incident.

Arum said two other Haymon fighters, welterweights Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman, had been seriously discussed.

"Besides, if it comes down to Danny Garcia or Terence Crawford or Jessie Vargas against Pacquiao, I'd rather see one of my guys in the fight," Arum told ESPN.com.

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