Mauricio Sulaiman Sheds Light on Manny Pacquiao and Deontay Wilder’s Future

Published 04/07/2021, 5:00 PM EDT


Manny Pacquiao and Deontay Wilder rank among the most renowned faces of boxing. Both have hung around the sport for a substantial while and have entertained a sea of audiences with their prolific skill sets. But the duo has maintained a lackluster run in the sport past a few years, even though they display a sublime boxing resume.

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Recently, the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman shed some light on both Wilder and Pacquiao’s futures. He spoke to SiriusXM and detailed what is next for both the bigwigs.

He asserted that this year, the boxing fans will observe some of the most high-profile matchups take up the ring space. (h/t World Boxing News)

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Manny Pacquiao didn’t compete for the whole of 2020. But his comeback fight is being discussed alongside Terence Crawford. And if that fight actually takes place, needless to say, it’ll be an eye-catchy contest for 2021.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his split-decision victory over Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

On the flip side, Wilder hasn’t stepped in the ring ever since he lopsided to a defeat against Tyson Fury. He’s expressed his inquisitiveness to face the ‘Gypsy King’. But the latter has moved on to compete for the undisputed title.

Citing this scenario, it seems Wilder will have to take anyone else in the line to make himself viable for a shot against Tyson Fury.

Whereas, the Filippino Senator will have to score a ‘W’ to bring back his boxing stint on track.

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Deontay Wilder and Manny Pacquiao – are these two in the final stepping of their illustrious careers?

The ‘Bronze Bomber’ and ‘Pacman’ have enjoyed a captivating boxing run until now. Despite that, age is a critical factor for the duo and it seems the pair is in the final stepping of their vast careers.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder looks on as he waits for the start of his title fight against Luis Ortiz at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder retained his title with a seventh-round knockout. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

That said, both Wilder and Pacquiao should look to stage all of their fights in the mightiest way possible from hereon.

This can only happen once they end up getting inside the ring with stout contenders to test their brilliance.

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However, there’s no confirmation from their teams pertaining to their retirement. Yet it’ll be interesting to see how things play out for both the legends in 2021.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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