It’s confirmed. Manny Pacquiao will fight one last time before hanging up his gloves for good… and it will be on April 9, 2016.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum tells ESPN that he and Pacquiao had dinner last week in New York, where they discussed his plans for a final fight.
“I’m telling you what he told me last week at dinner in New York,” Arum said. “We talked very seriously, and he said, ‘Bob, hopefully, by the middle of May I will have been elected senator in the Philippines, and at that point I cannot engage in boxing because I need to focus on the senate and I have to be in attendance.’
“Manny told me this fight on April 9 will be his last fight.”
The 36-year-old boxing icon currently serves as a congressman for his Sarangani province, but is slated to run for one of 24 national senate seats.
Pacquiao’s last fight will follow his unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather back in May, which was the richest in boxing history, as well as one of the most anticipated and, ultimately, disappointing.