Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that his next fight will be held in Malaysia.
In an interview with ABS-CBN, the 39-year-old boxer revealed that he’ll make a comeback in Malaysia this coming May or June.
“Definitely, Malaysia is where we will fight,” said Pacquiao, who is also an elected senator. “If not May, this coming June, maybe third week of June, so the preparation will not conflict with my work.”
The eight-division boxing world champion said those in Malaysia “appealed to have a fight there.”
As for whom he’ll be up against, Pacquiao mentioned two names: two-division title holder Lucas Mathysse and former two-division world champion Danny Garcia.
“Dalawang boxers, we will announce pag na-finalize na kung sino (Two boxers, we will announce once finalized whom among them)…Mathysse or Danny Garcia,” he said.
Pacquiao has not been in the ring since losing his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight title to Jeff Horn in a controversial match last July in Brisbane, Australia.
Prior to Pacquiao’s recent revelation, there were talks about him fighting as an undercard in the WBO Welterweight title showdown between champion Horn and Terence Crawford this April.
Pacquiao, however, reportedly rejected it because he felt “insulted” by Top Rank’s offer to use him as a mere undercard.
According to Pacquiao’s media chief Aquiles Zonio, the Filipino boxer’s decision to turn down the offer has nothing to do with a possible schedule conflict related to his Senate duties.
“The Senate is on break from March 23 to May 14,” Zonio was quoted saying in a Spin PH report published March 1.
“The main reason was he felt insulted by the decision of Arum to use him as undercard in the scheduled Crawford-Horn title fight in April,” Zonio added, referring to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.