Sat. Nov 26th, 2022

FILE – Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao and South Korean YouTuber DK Yoo during a press conference. –MARK GIONGCO

MANILA, Philippines—Don’t expect Manny Pacquiao to punch South Korean martial arts YouTuber DK Yoo in the upcoming fight for charity.

As Pacquiao and Yoo signed up for an exhibition at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) in Goyang, South Korea on December 11, the Filipino boxing legend promised a fight just like in the olden days.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity and excited for the exhibition,” Pacquiao said at a press conference published in The Korea Times. “The struggle is real. We will try to break each other. That’s why we have to work hard,” he said.

Pacquiao has previously said he plans to retire, but that could change depending on his performance against Yoo.

“It depends. We’ll see the result on December 11,” Pacquiao said when asked about a possible return.

The exhibit will feature six two-minute rounds in which both fighters use 10-ounce gloves.

Pacquiao, 43, said he officially quit the job in September 2021, just one month after he felt sorry for Cuban Yordenis Ugas in a welterweight title match.

A portion of the proceeds from Pacquiao’s match against Yoo will be used to provide shelter to poor and homeless families as part of the Pacman Village projects.

Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-league champion, prepares for another showdown in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in February 2023 against his former sparring mate Jaber Zayani.

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