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Champion Boxer Ends Retirement for Another HBO Fight

Jul 13, 2016  •  Post A Comment

After ratcheting up his political career, the only fighter in history to hold titles in eight weight divisions is headed back into the ring. Deadline.com reports that Manny Pacquiao announced he’s ending his short retirement and will fight again this fall.

Promoter Bob Arum confirmed that Pacquiao will headline an HBO pay-per-view event in late October or early November, with the fight to take place in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao quit boxing after scoring a unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley Jr. in April. Since then, he has become a senator in his native Philippines.

“No opponent is set for the 37-year-old’s ‘comeback’ bout, but don’t expect it to be Floyd Mayweather Jr, who beat Pacquiao last year in the richest boxing event of all time,” Deadline notes. “Their May 2015 fight overwhelmed cable systems and ended up scoring an estimated $400 million in PPV revenue for HBO and Showtime. Mayweather retired in September.”

Pacquiao, who spent six years in the Philippines House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate two weeks ago, will reportedly train around his Senate duties.

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