A huge Pay-Per-View clash between Manny Pacquiao and Marcos Maidana has opened up following a shock announcement this weekend.
Argentinian puncher Maidana, who retired five years ago on the back of two fights with Floyd Mayweather, is rumored to be considering a huge offer from Al Haymon to return.
Laying down his intentions to make a comeback in a video clip circulated on Friday, Maidana is now a prime target for Pacquiao’s next bout.
The ‘Pacman’ had been linked to a return fight with Mayweather for many months. But whilst his arch-rival is still mulling over getting back in the gym, Pacquiao could face Maidana in his place later this year.
Pacquiao v Maidana would certainly be a PPV affair. But Maidana will need to get back in the win column first in order to challenge for the WBA welterweight title in Pacquiao’s possession.
Maidana is in good standing with the World Boxing Association. ‘Chino’ held interim and full belts at 140. Plus he defeated Adrien Broner for the belt currently around Pacquiao’s waist.
Should he record a lower profile win in the next couple of months, the Pacquiao fight would open up for the summer.
There are still doubts about Maidana actually getting back in the ring, though.
A source close to Maidana told WBN earlier this year there is considerable doubt about the reports.
Also, Maidana himself stated his desire to fight was no longer present just one month ago.
He told TN channel in Argentina the following on January 7th: “One year after I retired I wanted to come back but the willing wasn’t really there.
“I went to the US, I rented a car and apartment for one month. But I left after only one week. The fire inside me was not there anymore.”
The 35 year-old also sent advice to compatriot Sergio Martinez about not returning once the gloves have been hung up.
“There are some boxers who come back because they miss the noise. It happened to me but I understood that it was enough.
“At certain age you can feel great but your body is not the same. So Maravilla Martinez should enjoy all the glory he achieved,” said Maidana.
It remains to be seen what Maidana, now a promoter in his own right, will do. One thing is for sure, they will be no lack of potential opponents at Premier Boxing Champions.
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