Manny Pacquiao "has very good offer to fight in Dubai in November"

Time Out has news that Manny Pacquiao "has very good offer to fight in Dubai in November" against Jessie Vargas, his first fight since retirement


Manny Pacquiao could make his professional return to the boxing ring in Dubai on November 5.

The former world champion is expected to fight American WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, according to reports.

Speaking in the LA Times, his manager Michael Koncz revealed details of the bout and confirmed that the UAE was one of the possible venues vying to host.

"Retirement doesn't suit Manny right now," he said of th eight-division world champion. "Boxing is in his blood. When he trains, it's like a pressure-release valve. You can see a dramatic difference in his mood... he's happy. It's amazing what training and fighting does for him."

The superstar, who was defeated just twice in more than 60 professional fights, was elected to the Philippines' government house in May, one month after officially retiring from boxing with victory over American Timothy Bradley.

Details remain thin on the ground, though, a meeting is planned for mid-August that should see the specifics of the 37-year-old's return hammered out.

"That's the essence of the meeting is not choosing the opponent, that's already been done," Koncz said. "[The location], it's Manny's decision.

"There is a very good offer in place [to take the bout to Dubai]. Manny tells me it’s real. He was there on a basketball function last year and met with some people."

Pacquiao famously lost to Floyd Mayweather a year ago in what was billed as the biggest fight of all time. His next opponent won't quite pull the same crowd, though with a record of 27-1 is not to be taken lightly.

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