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Manny Pacquiao's Blockbuster Comeback Boxing's Biggest Showdown Yet?

Manny Pacquiao, the boxing icon at 45, is gearing up for a colossal return to the ring, aiming to seize a massive payday after being tied to a potential comeback for months. After a hiatus filled with exhibition bouts, Pacquiao’s sights are set on a full-fledged return, exploring matchups that promise significant earnings. While names like Amir Khan, Floyd Mayweather, and Gervonta Davis have swirled around, it’s his potential reunion with former promoter Bob Arum that could pave the way for a major comeback.

Previously linked with Premier Boxing Champions and Al Haymon after parting ways with Arum in 2018, Pacquiao’s victorious battles against Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman marked historic triumphs. However, a setback against Yordenis Ugas in 2021 halted his stride, putting a halt to a much-anticipated clash with Errol Spence Jr. Pacquiao briefly shifted to exhibitions, securing wins against unconventional opponents like YouTuber DK Yoo and agreeing to face Muay Thai star Buakaw Banchamek, though uncertainties now cloud that matchup after Buakaw’s recent fights.

In a surprising turn, Pacquiao has set his sights on various contenders, potentially delaying the Buakaw bout. Arum, suggesting former undisputed super lightweight champion Josh Taylor as a formidable opponent, hinted at a showdown between Taylor and Pacquiao. Speculations around this matchup are ripe, considering Taylor’s recent clash with Teofimo Lopez. Arum expressed enthusiasm for a catchweight or welterweight fight, considering Taylor’s potential struggles at 140 pounds, igniting interest in a possible clash at 147 pounds.

The curiosity surrounding Pacquiao’s return is met with questions about his motivation, with Arum hinting at financial incentives. Acknowledging Pacquiao’s penchant for spending and his massive expenses during his presidential campaign in the Philippines, Arum revealed a potential need for income as a driving factor. Despite Pacquiao’s wealth, the allure of boxing and financial prospects seem to fuel his desire for a continued career, potentially extending it for another year or two. The intrigue heightens as talks of catchweight bouts or a full welterweight encounter with Taylor linger, indicating a pivotal phase in Pacquiao’s storied career and boxing’s landscape.

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