Manny Pacquiao

Boxing superstar set for PNG bout

The National quotes PNG Professional Boxing Control Board chairman Bernard Fong saying the bout would not only be a major event in the country but receive global coverage and attention given Pacquiao's stature in the sport and his popularity.

Fong said all expenses will be paid by the promoter.

It is likely the bout will be staged at the Sir John Guise Stadium.


Boxing star to run for Philippines president

He was nominated as a candidate by a faction of the ruling party, PDP-Laban.

On top of a glittering career as a fighter, Mr Pacquiao, 42, is a senator in the Philippines' parliament.

Incumbent Rodrigo Duterte is barred from another term but has been picked by a rival party faction to run for vice-president, a move critics say is an attempt to cling to power.

He was selected to run alongside a close ally, Christopher "Bong" Go, but Mr Go says he does not want to succeed Mr Duterte.

Manny Pacquiao loses to Yordenis Ugas on return to ring

Ugas was only drafted in on 10 August for the Las Vegas fight to replace the injured Errol Spence Jr.

It was Pacquiao's first bout since beating Keith Thurman for the WBA welterweight title in July 2019.

"In the future, you may not see Manny Pacquiao fight in the ring," he said.

Pacquiao, 42, also told ESPN he was "thinking about retirement" and he was "60-40" in favour of quitting.

The eight-division world champion now has a has a record of 62 wins, eight defeats and two draws.

Reflecting on his defeat, he said: "That's boxing.

Manny Pacquiao to fight Yordenis Ugas after Errol Spence Jr pulls out with eye injury


Eight-division world champion Pacquiao and American Spence Jr were due to fight in Las Vegas on 21 August.

But a medical revealed Spence has a torn retina and needs surgery.

Spence said he was excited about the fight but "there was no way I could fight with my eye in that condition".

WBA welterweight champion Ugas is promoted from the undercard to face Pacquiao instead.

Pacquiao has not fought since he beat Keith Thurman for the WBA welterweight title in July 2019.

Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman on points to take WBA Super welterweight title

Thurman - previously undefeated - had promised to send the 40-year-old Fillipino into retirement, but was knocked down in the first round before a thrilling fight went the distance.

"I knew it was too close," said American Thurman. "He got the knockdown so he had momentum in round one. This was a beautiful night of boxing."

The 30-year-old had been looking for his 30th straight win.

Two judges scored it 115-112 to Pacquiao, while the other gave it 114-113 to Thurman.

Pacquiao camp reject Khan claim

Khan announced on Tuesday that "both parties have signed the fight off" for Riyadh on November 8, suggesting only an injury to Pacquiao in his clash with Keith Thurman could scupper the planned bout.

But with Pacquiao firmly focused on taking on Thurman for the WBA welterweight title in Las Vegas on Saturday, his team have spoken on his behalf to reject Khan’s claim.

Sean Gibbons, president of MP Promotions, told "The Amir Khan fight is news to us."

Mayweather makes Pacquiao claim

After coming face-to-face with Pacquiao during his tour of Japan, Mayweather released a video on Instagram accompanied by the message: "I'm coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year, another nine-figure pay day on the way!"

The American, 41, can be heard shouting in the video: "I'm coming back in December!"

Mayweather is unbeaten in 50 career contests, having stopped UFC star Conor McGregor in a lucrative Las Vegas bout last August. 

Mayweather defeated Pacquiao by unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in May 2015 in a long-awaited bout between the pair.

Pacquiao-Matthysse fight on

Money due in an escrow account to be paid after the fight has come through, allowing Matthysse (39-4-0) to fly out to Malaysia to defend his secondary welterweight world title against Pacquiao (59-7-2) on July 15.

Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez confirmed on Monday that the details had been ironed out.

"The fight's a go. There were some bumps in the road but everything is now in order and we're excited," he told ESPN.

Pacquiao out of rematch

Former belt holder Jessie Vargas shapes as the man most likely, after Pacquiao's withdrawal on Friday due to his commitments as a Philippines senator.

Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton said with the Australian's rise to world champion, he had become the hunted and would have no trouble luring a big-name fighter to Brisbane for a November title defence.

Rushton anticipates a new opponent being locked in within a week or so, with the venue dependent on the profile of Horn's rival.

"We want to bring a big fight to Brisbane this year," Rushton said on Friday.

Pacquiao hints at Horn rematch

"Let the people judge for themselves. People saw what happened," Pacquiao said in a statement, CNN Philippines reports.

"We have seen worse judgements in the past where judges manipulated results. Nothing surprises me now."

Pacquiao relinquished his WBO welterweight championship title when underdog Horn was awarded a unanimous decision victory at the 'Battle of Brisbane' fight on July 2.