Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022

DK Yoo (left) faces off against Manny Pacquiao, who appears in the hologram at a press conference in Van Nuys, California, October 13, 2022. John McCoy/Getty Images/AFP

Manny Pacquiao described a fight against a South Korean YouTuber in December as “my return to the ring” and said he wanted to show that “he’s still there in boxing”.

The 43-year-old boxing legend retired from the sport last year to create a failed crack at his country’s presidency and is now following in the footsteps of former rival Floyd Mayweather by holding an exhibition match.

The Filipino major will fight DK Yoo on December 11 (December 10 in the United States) in Seoul, with money going to Ukraine and homeless people in his homeland.

But after appearing in the form of a hologram in Los Angeles on Thursday to promote the exhibit, Pacquiao hinted that he may not have fully retired yet.

“I’ll try to prove that Manny Pacquiao is still there in boxing,” he said, refusing to rule out a rematch with Mayweather as well.

“This is my comeback in the ring, this is my passion, so even if it’s an exhibition match, I have to work hard.

“I will try to finish the fight early so I can get home early,” he added, implying that he planned to knock out the South Korean.

“I felt lonely when I quit boxing,” said multiple world champion Pacquiao, who retired with a 62-8-2 record.


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