Manny Pacquiao Announces Start of Training Camp – Fans Try to Guess His Opponent

Published 02/10/2021, 2:03 AM EST
LAS VEGAS – NOVEMBER 14: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his 12 round TKO victory against Miguel Cotto during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Boxing’s only octuple world champion, Manny Pacquiao, has announced the start of his training camp ahead of a return to the ring. He claimed he is ready to add to his legacy and has teased some big news. This could end the mystery surrounding his next opponent as well as clear the air on the scenarios regarding a few weight classes, namely lightweight and welterweight.

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Following two back-to-back wins against Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman in 2019, Pacquiao has not boxed professionally. Meanwhile, several fighters have challenged him, including UFC star Conor McGregor and lightweight sensation, Ryan Garcia. It will be interesting to see who ‘Pac-Man’ opts to fight.

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In 2019, Manny Pacquiao became the WBA welterweight champion. However, due to his inactivity, he is the champion in recess. While he can return to regain the strap, Pacquiao has several more lucrative opportunities ahead and doesn’t need a belt at this stage of his career. Fans have also used a number of names that can welcome ‘Pac-Man’ to the ring. Here’s a look at them.

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Manny Pacquiao and the names he can fight

Ryan Garcia, the young WBC Interim lightweight champion desired for a fight against ‘Pac-Man’ with all his respect towards the Filipino great. Before his fight against Luke Campbell, Garcia revealed that this was his dream fight, and it even looked possible for a while as ‘KingRy’ took to social media and claimed that it was a done deal.

UFC sensation Conor McGregor also called out ‘Pac-Man’ for a brief period before to the octagon against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. Following a crushing knockout loss, McGregor can lace up the boxing gloves.

As Pacquiao has tagged Audie Attar and Paradigm sports in his Tweet, we can see the dream crossover bout happening for real. Audie Attar also manages McGregor and can be a simple path to bring the combat legends inside the ring.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 11: UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout at the UFC Performance Institute on August 11, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

WBC and IBF Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. can also fight Pacquiao. ‘The Truth’ has demanded the fight for a long time. Although Pacquiao doesn’t have a world title, he can still allure Spence Jr. to fight him.

Akin to Spence Jr. WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford is also in the mix, Following a TKO victory over Kell Brook, ‘Bud’ can either fight Errol Spence Jr. or Manny Pacquiao. So, the current welterweight champions might bag a chance to test themselves against the eight-division world champion.

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Amid so many options, the 42-year-old can cherry-pick his opponent at his stage of his Hall Of Fame-worthy career. He has few more fights left before calling it a day.

Whom do you think Pacquiao will return against?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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