Pacquiao planning on US return in 2019
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 19, 2018 02:45 PM
Manny Pacquiao is planning to fight in the United States for the first time since 2016.
Eight-division boxing world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny Pacquiao is eyeing an in-ring return in the US in 2019.
Pacquiao, who hasn't boxed in the United States since win over Jessie Vargas back in 2016 due to IRS issues, is reportedly planning on defending his title against Adrien Broner in January of next year.
The 39-year old boxer-turned-senator is coming off a seventh-round TKO victory over Lucas Matthysse back in July.
According to ESPN's Dan Rafael, Pacqiao made the announcement in a press conference in Manila, Thursday.
Targeted for either the 12th or 19th of January, the Pacquiao-Broner bout, which is said to be "90 percent done", is likely to take place in Las Vegas.
The revelation comes weeks after reports of Pacquiao and rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. working towards a potential rematch of their 2015 bout which saw Mayweather come away with the unanimous decision victory.
The reports stemmed from a confrontation between Pacquiao and Mayweather that took place in Tokyo.
The bout with Broner, Pacquiao said, potentially sets up the said rematch, especially since Pacquiao has signed with adviser Al Haymon, who also handles Broner and Mayweather Jr.
Pacquiao added that he hopes to be able to score another stoppage victory.
"If I can finish it earlier than seven rounds, why not," said the Filipino boxing icon.
The 29-year old Broner is a four-division world champion himself, is winless in his last two bouts, absorbing a loss to Mikey Garcia followed by a draw against Jesse Vargas.