Earlier today we saw the official announcement that Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39) had signed with PBC, as he begins to look towards the end of his career.
The Filipino, who had long been promoted by Top Rank, has recently been linked to fights with Floyd Mayweather Jr (50-0, 27) and Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24), both of whom are guided by PBC.
Ina press release Pacquiao stated that he was "very excited about this new chapter in my career", that he was "looking forward to a fresh start," and that he was "reinvigorated by the prospects of bringing up new fighters under the MP Promotions banner. My team will work closely with Al Haymon for the remainder of my career to deliver the most anticipated fights with the top PBC fighters. Those are the fights the fans want to see and the ones I want to have to close out my career."
With MP Promotions seemingly working with Haymon this deal should help give Pacquiao's fighters a huge opportunity to fight in some notable contests, though Haymon has often been criticised for not keeping his fighters active, something that could slow the rise of the MP prospects hoping to make this most of this deal.
At the moment the strong rumour is that Pacquiao will face Broner in January, and with this PBC deal now being complete that rumour seems almost certain to become a confirmed fight in the very near future.
Last week was a strangely big one for boxing icons Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39) and Floyd Mayweather Jr (50-0, 27). The two men were both in Japan, to attend Ultra Japan, and the two both seemed to hint that they were be having a rematch later this year.
At the time we knew the reason Pacquiao was in the country was to begin a new business arrangement with MTG Co., Ltd, and took part at an event to promote their products.
We didn't know why Mayweather was in Tokyo, though assumed it wasn't just for the music festival.
Today the unbeaten American held a press conference to announce exactly why he was in Japan, and what his future in the country was all about. "TMT Tokyo".
The "TMT" brand, "The Money Team", has been the brand that Mayweather has run in recent years and today he revealed he was expanding that bring in to Japan, though links with the Kameda brothers, promotional company Kyoei, Japanese management company Libera and the newly announced Mayweather Holdings.
TMT Tokyo will be looking to operate in a number of fields ranging from luxury cars, to boxing gyms, night clubs and Casinos.
When asked about the recent news that Mayweather would be having a rematch with Pacquiao the American seemed a little bit coy, and admitted that there wasn't yet a deal in place, though said “Maybe we can do the fight in Tokyo", suggesting that his future isn't to stay out of the ring. That would likely be a Kyoei-Mayweather promoted event, due to the need to Japanese promotional license. which Kyoei have. Such an event was compared to Muhammad Ali fighting in the country, and seems clear that there are big plans to between Kyoei, the Kameda's and Mayweather to increase the profile, and money involved, in Japanese boxing.
A return bout would also require Mayweather to peak to Showtime, which he stated he was going to do when he returned to the US.
Mayweather also revealed that he would be back in Japan in October for business reasons, though didn't give any more details on what businesses this return would be focused on.
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The timing of the meeting between the two does seem to be have been rather cynical, coming on the same weekend as the highly anticipated rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez, but if it leads to a rematch we can almost certainly expect the two to compete in the richest fight of 2018.
If the bout does take place in December, as suggested, then it will almost certainly be on December 9th.
With Pacquiao stating an announcement on his next bout was due later this month we may well be on the verge of having this contest officially confirmed in the coming weeks. Or of course, it's two men playing with fans and the media on one of the biggest boxing weekends of the year.
Earlier today Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39), the current WBA Welterweight champion, was in Japan to take part in a product presentation for "SIXPAD", a piece of equipment to help with training the abs.
By it's self that wouldn't be worthy of too much attention, but Pacquiao was more than happy to share some details about his future at the event, as well as promoting the product and beginning a working relationship with MTG Co., Ltd, the company behind the product.
Pacquiao revealed that his next bout would take place in "December or January", with an announcement later this month. He admitted there wasn't many fights left in his career but that he would like to fight in Japan one day. Notably Pacquiao has only fought one of his 69 career bouts in Japan, an opening round blitz against Shin Terao more than 20 years ago.
According to MTG Pacquiao will be featured in future adverts for their products going forward, as part of his recent deal with the company.
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