Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on Friday revealed he is to return to the ring after a two-year absence to face the unbeaten Errol Spence Jr in a welterweight title fight.
Pacquiao to take on Spence this summer
Pacquiao and Spence both confirmed the bout on social media, announcing it is to take place on 21 August in Las Vegas, Nevada. The exact venue has not yet been determined.
Pacquiao, who has won major world championships in eight different weight divisions, will challenge Spence for his WBC and IBF welterweight titles.
Only boxer to hold world titles in four decades
‘Pac Man’, who now serves as a senator in his native Philippines, has not fought since earning a July 2019 split-decision win over American Keith Thurman, which landed him the WBA ‘super’ welterweight title.
In January, the WBA stripped him of the belt due to inactivity.
Before losing his ‘super’ welterweight crown this year, he had become the only boxer ever to hold world titles in four different decades: the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s.
Pacquiao’s pro boxing record: 62-7-2
The 42-year-old’s victory over Thurman left him with a boxing record of 62 wins (39 of which by knockout), seven losses and two draws since his professional debut, a unanimous-decision win over fellow Filipino Edmund Enting Ignacio in January 1995.
Pacquiao’s last defeat was a points loss to Australian Jeff Horn in a July 2017 WBO welterweight title fight in Brisbane.
US fighter Spence, 31, has a professional record of 27 wins (12 of which by knockout) and no defeats.