Manny Pacquiao, returning to action in a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather, faces challenges due to a United States fight block.
Pacquiao looks set to make a comeback to boxing after losing the Filipino Presidential election last month. His options include another huge welterweight fight or an exhibition with Mayweather in late 2022 or early 2023.
However, unless Pacquiao resolves an ongoing legal dispute with ex-handlers Paradigm Sports, the Senator may have to consider fighting outside the USA. This means facing Mayweather again would be likely to happen in the Middle East due to constraints stateside.
Ideally, if Mayweather agreed on a second fight, even without exhibition status, the pair would want it in Las Vegas to maximize profits. If not, Saudi Arabian investors could come into the equation.
For now, Pacquiao remains out of the reckoning for an event in America until his dealings with Paradigm come to a conclusion.
“It’s going to be too difficult for Senator Pacquiao to fight in the US again because of the ongoing legal issues he’s been dealing with, especially with Paradigm Sports Management. He may have won the battle, but it doesn’t mean that he already won the war,” Philstar.com quoted a source stating.
“The case is still ongoing, so every time Senator Pacquiao fights even against anyone, Paradigm Sports Management will file another legal case against him. That’s why I don’t know what Mr. Gibbons is talking about a possible Pacquiao comeback in the US,” they added.
Gibbons had previously informed World Boxing News that a comeback for Pacquiao hadn’t been ruled out.
Mayweather, Conor McGregor, and Errol Spence Jr. would be just three of the potential opponents if Pacquiao does lace up the gloves again.