Manny Pacquiao’s next fight could be booked in the near future after his bid to be the president of the Phillippines failed. If he does return to action in 2022, there are several opponent options that could deliver land him a sizable payday.
Who could Manny Pacquiao’s next fight be against?
Following his loss to welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas in 2021, “Pacman” also came up short in trying to become the president of his homeland. Assuming he returns to the ring, Logan Paul, Canelo Alvarez, and a Floyd Mayweather, Jr. rematch would be strong possibilities for his next fight.
- The YouTuber: The idea of the quite sizable older Paul brother facing the minuscule Pacquiao seems ridiculous, but we are in the era of ridiculous fights. Plus, since Paul fought and loss to a previous “Pacman” foe in Mayweather in 2021, not seems about as good a time for the fight as any.
- Spanish Cinnamon: It is a pie-in-the-sky idea, but combat sports are all about making fights that people would watch, more so than just the best fighting the best. Two national icons like Pacquiao and Alvarez competing would surely draw interest and bank serious greenbacks even if it lacked real relevancy.
- The Rematch: Mayweather and Pacquiao have some of the biggest and most loyal fan bases in sports. So even at their advanced ages and well passed their primes, a rematch of the highly lucrative first fight from 2015 would still bank big money today.
Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas recap
In August, Pacquiao stepped back into the ring, after two years away, at 42-years-old. Originally, he was set to face pound-for-pound superstar Errol Spence, Jr. However, a detached retina forced him out two weeks before the bout, and in stepped Cuban Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas. A man that would go on to stun many in the boxing community and upset the former eight-division world champion.
Father time always wins: Despite being a -360 favorite heading into the fight, the taller, longer, and seven years younger Ugas was able to outbox Pacquiao over 12 rounds, inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. “Pacman” has somehow been able to hold father time at bay and remain an elite fighter in the sport for two decades. However, against the Cuban, it seemed like his age finally caught up with him.
- While a competitive fight, in the three judges’ eyes Ugas was the clear victor. Winning on the cards with scores of 115-113, 116-112, 116-112
- While Pacquiao threw twice as many punches as his opponent (815 to 405), Ugas was far more economical. Landing a higher amount of total punches, jabs, and power punches over the duration of the fight
- With the last-minute change of opponent, the pay-per-view buys for the fight were much lower than hoped for at 200,000 buys
What makes Manny Pacquiao so popular?
Pacquiao has become a sports icon because of his rags to riches story of rising up from a life of poverty to becoming one of the most famous athletes on the planet. His blinding hand speed, uncanny power, and unorthodox footwork made him a perennial pound-for-pound star for many years. He has also transitioned into being a major political figure in his homeland. First by serving in the Filipino house of representatives and then by being elected to the Senate in 2016.
- Manny Pacquiao record: 62-8-2 (39 knockouts)
The pugilistic ‘Pacman’
- Pacquiao is the only eight-division world champion in boxing history. Starting his career competing at 108 pounds (light-flyweight), and fighting as high as 147 pounds (welterweight)
- During his career, he defeated legendary boxers in Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Erik Morales, and Marco Antonio Barrera
- Pacquiao’s 2015 bout against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was the highest-grossing fight of all time. Scoring 4.6 million PPV buys and grossing over $410 million.
Manny the politician
- In 2013, Pacquiao was elected to the house of representatives as a congressman in his home province of Sarangani
- During that time, he donated a great deal of his own money to help uplift the province. Which is one of the poorest in the country and has a poverty rate of 45%
- In 2016, he earned over 16 million votes and was elected to one of the government’s 12 senate seats
- In September, he announced his plans to attempt to become the next president of the Philippines
Manny Pacquiao’s net worth
Money is often one of the greatest measuring sticks for a fighter’s success. As of 2021, Pacquiao’s net worth is estimated to be as much as $375 million.