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Pacquiao's Training Footage Fuels Conor Benn Bout Rumors

Manny Pacquiao, known for his humility outside the ring, was spotted engaging in intense shadow boxing in his hometown of General Santos City, Philippines. This footage serves as a clear message to potential promoters: Pacquiao is eager for a contract and a fight date against Conor Benn, preferably by the end of June.

The eight-division champion, with a record of 62-8-2 and 39 knockouts, crossed paths with Benn (23-0, 14 KOs) at the recent Anthony Joshua-Francis Ngannou bout in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Both fighters expressed interest in facing each other, with Pacquiao specifying his preference for a bout in May or June.

However, several factors complicate the scheduling. Saudi Arabia has two significant upcoming bouts: the undisputed heavyweight title clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk on May 18, followed by the undisputed light-heavyweight showdown between Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol on June 1. Additionally, Ramadan observance extends through April 9, and Benn awaits an appeal decision from the British Boxing Board of Control regarding two positive drug tests.

Eddie Hearn, Benn’s promoter, has voiced eagerness for the fight but awaits the appeal outcome. Hearn expressed optimism about staging the bout in London, even suggesting a stadium venue for the highly anticipated matchup.

Pacquiao, 45, has remained active in the gym, preparing not only for a planned exhibition fight in Thailand but also for a return to the elite boxing scene. The release of training footage by Pacquiao’s manager, Sean Gibbons, serves as a not-so-subtle indication of Pacquiao’s readiness and desire for a swift resolution regarding the contract and fight date.

The boxing world eagerly anticipates the outcome of negotiations as Pacquiao continues to showcase his determination and dedication to the sport.

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