Manny Pacquiao will return to action in a 2022 exhibition bout after a year out of the ring retired.
The Filipino legend confirmed his participation in a bout opposite martial art teacher DK Yoo.
A date is to be announced this week for the contest to happen at the back end of the year.
Yoo, who is also a stunt movie coordinator, has fought against an MMA opponent before. He was handled with ease over six rounds by UFC star Bradley Scott.
Confirming the bout, Yoo said: “I have told you I’ll fight against one of the best fighters in the world.
“I tell you right now who my next opponent is. I’m going to fight against Manny Pacquiao,” he said.
Pacquiao appeared in the YouTube video to add: “DK Yoo, see you in the special event this coming December. God bless you and be safe,” said the eight-weight champion.
On his website, Yoo explains his philosophy and love of combat.
“I have experienced various types of martial arts, including boxing, Kung–Fu, Wushu, Judo, as well as track and field,” stated Yoo.
“The most important fact other than my experience in all types of martial arts is that I have met with the experts from each martial art, interacted and grasped the core of each martial art through analyzing the advantages and disadvantages.
“To test the movements, I have sparred with many people and have had combat experiences. These experiences and the research I have conducted led to what I am today.
“I am constantly inspired by many people. As I have explained earlier, the inspirations are not limited to martial artists, but they are from all types of people.
“The inspirations do not stop there but extend to animals and even static sands as well. All things in the world hold truth inside them. A person who can see the truth can see it in all matters and be inspired by it.
“Archimedes realized the volume of the crown when he saw the water overflow in the tub, and Newton realized the existence of gravity from the fall of an apple.
“Similarly, the world is giving us inspiration from all places. Open your mind, and you will be able to see the truth in all places of the world.”
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After Pacquiao lost to Yordenis Ugas in August 2021, he walked away from the sport to focus on politics.
Losing the presidential election last May, the “Pacman” was linked to returning in the aftermath.