Manny Pacquiao to bring next fight to the UAE
It’s finally happening! Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has just confirmed that his next fight against Australia’s Jeff Horn will be held in the UAE.
The eight-time world division champion announced the news via social media by posting a snap of himself alongside a giant fist emblazed with the UAE colours which he captioned: “See you in [the] UAE for my next fight.”
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) February 12, 2017
Speaking on the event, Al Afaq tourism CEO, Diaa Al Khatib, whose event management company will be handling the event, revealed: “We tried our best to finalise the deal for a year now and we are happy that it is through. Where it will be held, Dubai or Abu Dhabi, will be announced in a couple of weeks and Pacquiao will be there.”
The match, which is said to be taking place sometime in April, will mark Pacquiao’s first fight in the region, which isn’t as a result of a lack of trying, as the 38-year-old welterweight boxer has reportedly been trying to land a fight in the region for quite some time now.
More specifically, since he first arrived in Dubai two years ago. During a Q&A session held at Dubai’s Emirates Terminal 3 in 2015, the now Filipino senator confessed: “I'm surprised because they know me here. I want to fight here, I feel so happy to be here in Dubai. This is my first time here. Thank you for the warm welcome, especially to the Filipino people here in Dubai... thank you.” No, Manny, thank you ‘cause this is going to epic.
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If you like us, can’t wait to see the 5ft 5in “Pacman” fight, then perhaps this will help with the wait. Warning: viewer discretion is advised as the following footage contains strong scenes of violence which may be unsuitable for children.