Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao would like to return to the ring on a date in May or July.
Pacquiao, 40-years-old, was back in the ring on January 19th, when he dominated Adrien Broner over twelve rounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was Pacquiao’s first bout in the United States in over two years.
“I have advised Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) that I can fight in May or July,” Pacquiao told The Manila Bulletin.
Pacquiao aligned himself with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions last year, after becoming a free agent following a long promotional pact with Top Rank.
He prefers to fight in May, but would take a date in July as a backup.
There are several possible opponents in Haymon’s stable of fighters – including WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman, who last week defeated Josesito Lopez and then immediately called for a fight with Pacquiao.
There is also the prospect of a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. – should he decide to return to the ring.
Other options include WBC champion Shawn Porter, IBF champion Errol Spence, Mikey Garcia, Danny Garcia, and several others.
“We’ll just have to wait and see,” said Pacquiao.
Another fighter calling for a clash with Pacquiao – is former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn. Back in July 2017, Horn won a controversial twelve round decision over Pacquiao at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
Pacquiao claims that he wanted to do a rematch and was brushed aside by Horn and his handlers. He says Horn went for other options, and now wants a rematch after Pacquiao claimed the WBA “regular” title and is once again a hot commodity.
“I was willing to do a rematch with them but they didn’t want to. And now that I am back on top and they are coming off a loss, they are asking for a rematch. No way,” Pacquiao added.