Manny Pacquiao Returning To Ring Against Amir Khan In April

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Feb. 27 2017, Updated 10:24 a.m. ET

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Manny Pacquiao will be facing Amir Khan on April 23, according to several news outlets. Pacquiao, who is the current WBO welterweight champion, has been looking for a new competitor since reclaiming his title last November against American boxer Jessie Vargas in a match that went all 12 rounds. Pacquiao and Khan both confirmed the upcoming bout.

Manny Pacquiao had announced his retirement from boxing in April of 2016 after winning the vacated welterweight title in his third fight against American Tim Bradley.

According to the Los Angeles Times, at the time, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said, “He (Manny) is likely to just call it a day … right now, I’d say there’s a good chance he’s walking away … but would I be shocked if he said he wanted to fight again? No.”

Arum appeared to be right in not making that assumption as just three months later, Pacquiao announced he was returning to the ring to take on Vargas.

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