- Sen. Manny Pacquiao had confirmed that he will be fighting WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas
- Their fight is set on November 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center
- Pacquiao said that he is coming back to boxing because he misses fighting in the ring and it is his main source of income
Senator Manny Pacquiao gave a confirmation on Wednesday that he would be coming out of his retirement to fight current World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Yes, the fight is on. I have agreed to a November 5 fight with reigning WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas,” the fighting senator said.
Pacquiao’s announcement came after a meeting with Top Rank CEO and long-time promoter Bob Arum on Tuesday.
In April, the boxer/politician said that he was finally retiring after his convincing win against American welterweight Timothy Bradley in order to focus on his duties as a politician. However, Pacquiao said that he is open to fighting again in the future after winning the senatorial election.
Various observers believe that Pacquiao only announced his retirement in April in order to show the voting public that he is focused on his political duties for the country.
According to Pacquiao, he is coming out of retirement because he already misses training in the gym and fighting atop the ring. Pacquiao added that his main source of income is boxing.
“I can’t rely on my salary as a public official. I’m helping the family of my wife and my own family, as well. Many people also come to me to ask for help and I just couldn’t ignore them,” the senator explained.
In an earlier interview, Pacquiao promised to not let his boxing training interfere with his Senate duties by spending his entire training camp in the Philippines.
The 27-year-old Vargas in an American boxer who previously held the IBO and WBO light welterweight titles. He has a record 27 wins, 1 loss, with 10 of his victories coming by way of knockout. His only loss came from Bradley, who Pacquiao had already beaten twice. - Kami Media