Pacquiao says he’s talking to Mayweather, Khan about ‘final fight’
Manny Pacquiao says he’ll fight once more in 2016 before focusing on his political career, adding that he’s already talking to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Amir Khan about it.
Pacquiao, who is in Qatar for the AIBA World Boxing Championships, told Agence France-Presse that he would finalize an opponent by “November or December.” The fight would take place in either March or April – ahead of the Philippine senatorial elections Pacquiao plans to run in next May.
Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 knockouts) hasn’t fought since losing to Mayweather by unanimous decision this past May in what was the most financially lucrative fight in boxing history. Pacquiao, who has won titles in a record eight divisions, turns 37 in December and will be fighting in his 21st year as a professional in 2016.
“I will fight anybody, anywhere,” Pacquiao said. “I am going to fight probably before the election.”
Pacquiao told ABS-CBN on Wednesday that he was already thinking of wrapping up his career.
“I think I’m ready (to retire). I’ve been in boxing for more than 20 years,” Pacquiao said.
A two-term congressman representing the Sarangani province of the Philippines, Pacquiao is aiming for higher office in 2016. He says he’ll “have to give up the other things that require my attention” should he win a seat in the Senate.
A showdown with Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) would pit Pacquiao against his former gym mate. The two trained together at the Wild Card Gym – and in the Philippines whenever Pacquiao set up camp in his home country – while Khan was training with Freddie Roach.
Khan, 28, of Bolton, England, has won five straight and is coming off a decision win over Chris Algieri in May.
Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) announced his retirement after defeating Andre Berto in September, though many speculate that the 38-year-old fighter is unlikely to remain retired if a lucrative enough payday were to present itself.
Another name Pacquiao had been linked to for his next fight – Lucas Matthysse – was knocked out in 10 rounds by the Roach-trained Viktor Postol this past weekend.