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Manny Pacquiao considering return to boxing in Saudi exhibition

Manila - Manny Pacquiao, who retired from boxing last year for a tilt at the Philippines presidency, told AFP on Tuesday that he is considering an exhibition fight in Saudi Arabia in January.

Manny Pacquiao (right) of the Philippines in action against Yordenis Ugas (left) of Cuba during their 12 round WBA World Welterweight Championship fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 21 August 2021. Picture: Etienne Laurent/EPA


The 43-year-old legendary former world champion is to hold talks over a fight against French former sparring partner Jaber Zayani in Riyadh.

“We will just start discussions,” Pacquiao, who previously ruled out a return to professional boxing, said by telephone from his home city of General Santos where he is preparing for a charity bout against a South Korean YouTuber.

Pacquiao ended his 26-year boxing career with a points defeat to Cuban Yordenis Ugas in August 2021 and, as well as being a former senator, made a failed bid earlier this year to be president of his country.

“I will prepare in the same way I train for a real fight,” Pacquiao said of his charity match against martial arts YouTuber DK Yoo on December 10 in Seoul.

The fight over six rounds has no agreed weight limit, potentially putting Pacquiao at a physical disadvantage against the bigger Yoo.

Yoo has more than 650,000 subscribers on YouTube, where he promotes his self-styled form of martial arts called “warfare combat system”.

“I know I will not win against him but I will try my best to surprise Manny Pacquiao,” Yoo said previously.