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Muay Thai Challenge or Boxing Redemption?

Manny Pacquiao’s $25M Showdown

Manny Pacquiao’s high hopes for a colossal fight seem to have hit a snag as potential matchups against Floyd Mayweather, Amir Khan, and Jaber Zayani have crumbled. Now, all eyes are on a potential revival of his long-forgotten clash with Muay Thai luminary Buakaw Banchamek.

Speculation arose after Banchamek’s imminent fight threatened to disrupt his scheduled exhibition with Pacquiao. The Thai fighter hinted at a shift in style, suggesting a switch to a more intense combat approach. “I might transition into the other fight style. An intense style because I like a challenge; I like to test my limits,” expressed Buakaw, setting the stage for an intriguing showdown.

At a previous press conference, it was revealed that a staggering $25 million investment hangs in the balance for this highly anticipated event, aligning the interests of both Pacquiao and Banchamek. Pacquiao, feeling the pressure with dwindling options, acknowledged the challenge ahead: “I must prepare, knowing I will need at least 90% to deal with Buakaw. Muay Thai, I like it. But it must be difficult to use all those elbows, kicks, and knees. Probably Muay Thai is harder than boxing.”

As Pacquiao gears up for what could be a monumental clash, uncertainties loom over the potential transition for Buakaw into a different fighting style, adding an element of unpredictability to this cross-discipline encounter. With both fighters eyeing this lucrative opportunity, the prospect of this showdown has the combat sports world buzzing with anticipation.

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