Manny Pacquaio has remained active throughout the last 18 months. In 2021, he wrapped up his pro career with a title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shortly thereafter, he launched a presidential campaign in the Philippines. Now, he’s moving into the boxing exhibition scene. In December, he participated in his first exhibition bout in Japan. Now, he’s looking to lock in a deal with RIZIN, a Japanese MMA organization. Under the deal, the former boxing champion will participate in at least one boxing exhibition in 2023.
“Yes, boxing. One time, but it’s not the last,” he told Bloody Elbow about his deal with RIZIN.
“There’s great action and great fights in RIZIN. The atmosphere of the crowd is amazing.”
Pacquiao did not indicate who his next opponent will be, but he is looking to find someone who will keep thing competitive
“(I’ll fight) anybody, as long as he has experience in boxing or knows how to throw punches,” he said.
“Right now I don’t have an idea, but that’s why I challenged RIZIN to get an opponent that can compete in the fight.”