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Manny Pacquiao Inks Deal With Rizin, Details of Pact Unknown

WBA "regular" welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has signed a contract with Rizin, the Japanese mixed martial arts organization that put together Floyd Mayweather’s exhibition fight in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve.

Rizin's CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced the deal on Monday. Sakakibara posted photographs on Twitter of the 40-year-old Pacquiao signing a contract.

“I’m here in the Philippines,” wrote Sakakibara. “RIZIN.15 will have this man involved in a way. We will be ready to announce as I get back to Japan!”

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He did not specify in what capacity Pacquiao would be involved in the event scheduled for April 21.

Given the short window of time, it would be very difficult to see a scenario where Pacquiao would be entering the ring.

Pacquiao’s last fight was a unanimous decision victory over four division world champion Adrien Broner in January at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mayweather beat Pacquiao by way of a twelve round unanimous decision in a 2015 mega-bout that broke every financial record for a pay-per-view card.

Mayweather came out of retirement briefly to score an easy victory over kickboxerTenshinNasukawa in the main event of Rizin’s prestigious New Year’s Eve show. He dropped Nasukawa three times and beat him down for a first round knockout.

Pacquiao was openly critical of that match, because Nasukawa had no boxing experience - and he was greatly undersized, as his natural fighting weight is closer to the featherweight limit of 126-pounds, and the bout with Mayweather took place at the welterweight limit of 147-pounds.

Pacquiao also stated, in several interviews, that he wasn't a fan of exhibition fights where there wouldn't be an announced winner.

The eight division world champion is slated to fight in the summer, potentially on a date in July. Two opponents are being kicked around, with WBA 'super' welterweight champion Keith Thurman and former two division champion Danny Garcia being kicked around as the two frontrunners to face him. Garcia would have to win his upcoming fight with Adrian Granados on April 20.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MisanthropicNY on 04-09-2019

So the writer is a Floyd fan boy who was trying to point some sort of hypocrisy on Manny's part... Guy might be better served writing for FloydHype.com

Comment by Clubber Pac on 04-09-2019

[QUOTE=pillowfists98;19644447]Good for him.[/QUOTE] were fans this supportive of Floyd? No, but now they are calling the next man a savvy businessman. Kind of like olympic drug testing, everyone slammed Floyd, but his stance changed the organizational composition of the sport,…

Comment by OCPancho on 04-09-2019

[QUOTE=Clubber Pac;19645744]Manny came out and insulted Floyd for doing the same thing, tried to paint himself as a pure fighter while selling the Broner fight. What a desperate, a$$hole hypocrite[/QUOTE] Is he fighting a much smaller MMA dude ?

Comment by Clubber Pac on 04-09-2019

[QUOTE=YOU WILL LOSE;19643664]rizin sees how well pac has come in to clean up the image of the pbc , , they need him to do the same thing after their own floyd fiasco[/QUOTE] clean up the image of PBC? Ser?…

Comment by Clubber Pac on 04-09-2019

Manny came out and insulted Floyd for doing the same thing, tried to paint himself as a pure fighter while selling the Broner fight. What a desperate, a$$hole hypocrite

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