First we were all told that Pacquiao would be looking to return in November, with a list of possible opponents which included Terence Crawford, Danny Garcia and Adrien Broner. We were then informed that Pacquiao had secured a fight against WBO Welterweight champion, and promotional stablemate, Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10).
The question was then where the bout was going to be held, though it was swiftly confirmed that the bout would be in Las Vegas with confirmation of that coming yesterday.
At the moment no venue is actually and no under-card is set but we now know that Pacquiao's return will come against Vargas on November 5th in Las Vegas. It will be Pacquiao's first bout since beating Timothy Bradley in their rubber match earlier this year, and his second bout since losing top Floyd Mayweather last year. Amazingly a win for Pacquiao would see him becoming a 3-time Welterweight.
Sadly the bout isn't the most exciting, and although Pacquiao is now nearing 40 we don't suspect he'll struggle past Vargas, despite the fact Vargas has improved in recent years. It's unlikely to set high PPV figures and is almost certainly not going to be a memorable contest, however it could potentially have a thrilling under-card which could soften the blow of the forgettable main event