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World Boxing News caught up with boxing legend Manny Pacquiao ahead of the Filipino Senator’s Pay-Per-View clash with Keith Thurman.
With fight week looming, Pacquiao is focused on proving age is just a number against the currently recognized WBA welterweight title holder.
Pacquiao heads back to his all-time favorite haunt of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The buzz of excitement is growing by the day. The ‘Pacman’ bids to once again bids to light up the Nevada desert.
Already holding a win over Adrien Broner this year, the evergreen 40 year-old is still operating at the highest level.
This is unlike long-time rival Floyd Mayweather, who has been touted for a return ever since Pacquiao signed with Al Haymon in October 2018.
Mayweather and Pacquiao held a meeting in Japan last year. A high-profile rematch seemed on the cards.
Fighting an exhibition on New Year’s Eve, Mayweather was active again. His return sparked comments from Pacquiao citing Mayweather as his next opponent should he come through Broner.
Not so, as once Broner was dispatch early in 2019, Mayweather was nowhere to be seen.
Pacquiao has now admitted he is no longer looking at the ‘Money’ man as a future target.
“Floyd is retired. If he can no longer fight at the elite level I am fighting at, he should stay retired,” Pacquiao exclusively told World Boxing News from his Los Angeles base.
“I am only looking at active fighters. Floyd is not active anymore.”
Asked if he thought Floyd would ever fight again, Pacquiao replied: “That is a question only Floyd Mayweather can answer.
“Right now, I can only see this fight and I already wish it was July 20.
“Keith Thurman is going to be surprised by what he sees from me in the ring in Las Vegas,” he concluded.
Looking, as always, in tremendous shape, Pacquiao has been reunited with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card.
Picking things up as if they’ve never been apart, the pair hope to continue the legacy they began together in 2001.
A first-ever appearance at the MGM Grand as a late replacement for the IBF super-bantamweight title, Pacquiao raised eyebrows in the famous arena.
Eighteen years on, the veteran multi-weight world champion is back at the same venue attempting to do it all over again.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay
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