Manny Pacquiao is being constantly linked with a return to boxing. The list of potential opponents includes Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor but a Korean YouTuber claims he has signed a bout agreement with the senator.
DK Yoo recently posted a video on YouTube which included pictures of him signing a contract at Pacquiao’s house and even featured the Filipino:
DK Yoo might be completely unknown outside of Korea but he has a huge following in his homeland. He has 654,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel and has participated in several exhibition fights.
As well as being a popular YouTuber he describes himself as a ‘movement, meditation, fighting coach and founder of the Warfare Combat System Method. Last year he faced UFC veteran Bradley Scott in an boxing exhibition match.
Scott fought seven times for the UFC, winning three of those fights. He retired from MMA in 2018 after being handed a two year ban by USADA following a doping violation.
Based on the six minutes of highlights that Yoo chose to share the six round fight was extremely uneventful:
He represents a surprising choice of opponent for Pacquiao’s first foray into the lucrative world of exhibition boxing. The senator’s return to the ring is sure to make headlines all over the world.
Pacquiao was last seen in action last August. He dropped a decision to Yordenis Ugás after a world title fight in Las Vegas which went the full 12 rounds.
In the buildup to the presidential election in the Philippines the 43 year old announced that he had decided to call time on his professional boxing career. But he appears to still be interested in exhibition bouts.
The boxer appears to currently be on holiday with his wife and family. He gracefully accepted defeat after finishing a far off third in the recent presidential election:
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Pacquiao remains a big draw and has three wins from his last four fights. His 2015 fight with Floyd Mayweather remains the most successful combat sports event in history with 4.6 million people purchasing the pay per view.
Mayweather is all in when it comes to exhibition boxing. He is booked to face Mikuru Asakura on a Rizin card in September and has already beaten Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan.
Other celebrities to embrace exhibition boxing include Jake Paul and Logan Paul, the latter faced Mayweather. Meanwhile Roy Jones Jnr took on Mike Tyson in 2020 and Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortie have also participated in one of these bouts.
It makes sense for Pacquiao to lace up the gloves again without the pressure and expectation that comes from fighting 12 round world championship fights. It appears he has decided to make his comeback against a Korean YouTuber.