2020 will see another Manny Pacquiao fight
When Manny Pacquiao lost a controversial decision to Jeff Horn in 2017, many hoped he’d retire.
The fight had been a grueling affair, especially for a part-time fighter, and Senator. Horn was awarded the decision, even though Pacquiao knocked him from pillar to post in round nine. Pacquiao,38, at the time, looked ragged and tired in the later rounds. His body language suggested, at least to me, that he wished he was back home in the Philippines, working to help the poor.
Pacquiao didn’t retire-instead he returned to the ring a year later and knocked out Lucas Matthysse. Five months after that he dominated Adrien Broner in Sin City.
He then took on WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman last July. For the first time in many years, Pacquiao was an underdog, but as the fight drew closer, so did the odds. It was reported that Thurman’s words had motivated Pacquiao.
Pacquiao began fast, flooring a surprised Thurman in the opening stanza. Thurman rallied in the middle rounds, but Pacquiao hurt him late and won the bout by split decision. Pacquiao had beat an undefeated fighter 10 years his junior, defined his greatness, and dodged an even tougher opponent, "Father Time."
A few weeks ago, talk circulated that Shawn Porter might be his next opponent.
“Me and Pac is realistic,” Porter told Elie Seckback of EsNews.
Apparently not. Now the leading contender seems to be former WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia. Mikey Garcia, Yordenis Ugas, and the aforementioned, Porter, are also still in the mix.
Pacquiao is locked into his senatorial duties until the first quarter of next year.
“I can fight in March, April because the Senate will be on break during that time,” Pacquiao told the Manila Bulletin.
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach would like Pacquiao to fight Danny Garcia next. He doesn’t believe that Mikey Garcia is a suitable opponent, after the former light titleholder was dominated by the much bigger Errol Spence Jr.
In the end it will be up to future Hall of Famer Pacquiao, which is the way it should be.