- Tarrian Rodgers
Boxing legend Manny Pacqiao unretires to challenge Connor Benn
A shock to the boxing world was announced today when legend Manny Pacquiao announced he planned on coming out of retirement and would like to fight Connor Benn. The 44 year old is in discussions with the U.K start to have match around June 3 in Abu Dhabi. Benn is also considering two other opponents for his comeback bout, which is Kell Brook and Chris Eubank Jr. Pacqiao hasn’t fought since 2021 after losing his welterweight championship to Yordenis Ugas. One month after his title loss he retired to focus on his presidential race in his home country of the Philippines. MP Promotions Sean Gibbons took to a conference call saying. "He retired for a minute to run for President of the Philippines, where he took a respectful third place," said Gibbons. "And after that he felt that his retirement was due to running for president, and now that [he wasn't elected], he wants to fight again and feels like he can do it at the highest level. "Manny is an all-time great and he feels like he still has a lot of fight left in him and he still wants to compete at the highest level. And this fight [vs. Benn] was presented to him by [promoter] Eddie Hearn, and he agreed. Ball is in Eddie Hearn's court. Pacquiao ready to go." Pacquiao took part in an exhibition bout in Seoul vs kickboxer DK Yoo recently. Pacquiao felt that bout gave him the jolt he needed to make a return to the ring. Benn is a legitimate contender. Boasting a record of (21-0, 14 KOs). Benn is looking to make a comeback to the ring himself. He recently tested positive for performance-enhancing drug clomiphene in August, Benn, 26, was rated in ESPN's top 10 at 147 pounds. "Manny Pacquiao, this is what he's been doing his whole life, boxing, and he feels like he has a lot left to give in boxing," Gibbons said. "He wants to fight; doesn't matter if it's Conor Benn or Kell Brook. Manny is a fighter, and it's what he wants to do: fight."