Arum confirms Pacquiao plans on return

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, who said he had retired after his last bout against Timothy Bradley in April, plans on fighting again later this year.

His promoter Bob Arum told ESPN in a statement that he expects Pacquiao to be fighting against an opponent, who is yet to be named, in Las Vegas.

The 37-year-old former eight-division world boxing champion, who won a senate seat in the Philippines in May, was initially going to make a return on October 15 but due to senate duties will in all likelihood make his return to the ring on either October 29 or November 5. 

According to a report by Arum, the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas was being booked for a possible Pacquiao return.

"Manny wants to come back. The problem is he can only come back if it doesn't interfere with his senate duties," Arum said.

"We had penciled him in for October 15 at Mandalay Bay but we were informed that is no longer possible because he has to spend that week leading up to October 15 formulating the budget in the senate and doing the votes.

"So he has to be there for that week, so that knocks out that week. He can't mess around with that. So now we're looking at October 29 or November 5. The question is building availability because we want to do the fight in Las Vegas."

In a press statement on his Facebook page, Pacquiao confirmed that he would not let his fight plans interfere with his senate duties.

"I want to make it clear – my priority is my legislative work. My next fight has not yet been discussed. Should there be any, I'll make sure it will not interfere with my senate duties."