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Pacquiao Fights On…For Charity

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Future first-ballot Hall of Famer, multiple division world champ, and Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao is clear– so far– on what his boxing future will be.

For now, at least according to his own recent statements to media, the Filipino icon is not looking to make a comeback to the “real” boxing world. Instead, he’s taking the first step towards an exhibition fight run that will be focused entirely on raising money for philanthropic causes near and dear to his heart, such as helping the poor in his native Philippines via his Pacman Villages project.

The first exhibition bout in Manny’s plans will be in December against South Korean YouTuber and martial artist DK Yoo, a six-round catchweight contest where proceeds will go to charity.

“I took this exhibition to help out more in need, so we can continue giving out homes to our countrymen who don’t have one,” Pacquiao said in Tagalog during a press conference last Wednesday night at Shangri-La The Fort to hype the upcoming exhibition bout. “I already have a lot of Pacman Villages started, but not yet finished. The income from this fight will be used for more homes.”

“I just want to work hard and make sure my condition is 100% so I can still show off my skills in the ring,” he added. “Although this is just a charity event to help people out, we will still prepare like it’s a championship fight.”

Forever tied to arch-rival Floyd Mayweather, the assembled media at the recent press conference of course asked about the possibility of a rematch of the mega-bucks decision loss to Mayweather that occurred back in 2015.

“Mayweather-Pacquiao 2 is still unclear, unless we decide to make a comeback. That depends. But both of us, our mindset is, we are retired,” he said in his native language.

“Just for me, these exhibitions, charity events [are] to help people.”

Pacquiao’s Pacman Villages project is aimed at providing free housing for the poor and working class in the Philippines as well as thousands of jobs for those involved in the construction, upkeep, and security of those communities.

Per an article posted on Philstar Global:

“The Pacman Village in Alabel – which has 200 houses provided for families displaced by Typhoon Yolanda – is one of five Pacman villages the senator built to provide free housing for his constituents.

The rest are in General Santos City and the Sarangani towns of Malungon, Glan and Maasim.”

According to Pacquiao, these communities “not only provide free housing for the poor, but…also provide jobs for tens of thousands of workers and livelihood for thousands such as those who are in food and retail businesses, manufacturing and even those belonging to the underground economy.”

After a failed bid for the presidency of his nation, Pacquiao’s return to the ring has been rumored and speculated about. It would be a logical next step for a man accustomed to worldwide glory, but humbled by a recent defeat in the political world. This idea of fighting exhibitions for charity would probably be the best of both worlds for Pacquiao and a general win-win for everyone. A lot of good can be accomplished with the kind of money he can generate in the exhibition fight market.

But the question has to be asked– what happens when the REAL big money starts coming in and the offers to return to the real, main stage world of big-time boxing start piling up on his desk?

The smart money is on Manny, even at 43 years of age, taking one more run at elite-level boxing glory in the not-too-distant future.

Until then, though, here’s hoping the man has some fun in his exhibitions and raises a lot of money for the needy.

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Paul Magno has over forty years of experience in and around the sport of boxing and has had his hand in everything, from officiating to training. As a writer, his work has appeared in several online publications, including Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports, FightHype, Max Boxing, Boxing.com, Inside Fights, The Boxing Tribune, The Queensberry Rules, and Premier Boxing Champions. You can reach him at: [email protected]

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  • Joe says:

    I believe he won’t be able to resist a big money fight in a real boxing event. Age is just a number to the Pacman team. Their mindset is different. While others avoid the younger lions to stay healthy, the Pacman team believes that proper training will protect him from harm, against anyone. Therefore, if he can’t train properly anymore, then that is the end.

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