MANNY Pacquiao will go on a quick US trip next month to promote his comeback fight against reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas.
Pacquiao is set to fly to Los Angeles, with a Sept. 8 press conference set for the Nov. 5 bout at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum met with Pacquiao on Tuesday night at the Shangri-La Makati to finalize details of his return to the ring four months after announcing his retirement.
Following the U.S. trip, Pacquiao immediately flies back to the Philippines and attend his senate duties.
His entire training camp will all be held in the country.
“Yes, dito ang training hanggang sa mag-bakasyon ang Senate,” said Pacquiao.
‘May gym na malapit sa Senate,” added the Pacman on where he’ll hold his two-month training camp. “Ang training pagkatapos ng session or pwede before.”
Trainer Freddie Roach is going to arrive here shortly after the press conference to supervise the training of the 37-year-old boxing legend.
Pacquiao (58-6, with 38 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Tim Bradley last April in what he initially said was his farewell fight as he concentrates on his campaign for a Senate seat.
But shortly after the election, the eight-time world division champion obviously had a change of heart and decided to make a comeback.
“Aaminin ko, boxing is my passion. Diyan talaga ako lumaki, hilig ko talaga yan,” he said. “Nami-miss ko ang boksing.”
“Yan ang passion ko e. Yan lang ang hanapbuhay ko. Basta sinisigurado ko na hindi maaaapektuhan ang trabaho ko (sa Senado) at pagse-serbiyso ko sa taong bayan.”
The 27-year-old Vargas from Las Vegas, Nevada, won the WBO 147-lbs title belt with a ninth round technical knockout win over Sadam Ali last March.
He sports a 27-1 record, with only 10 KOs. His only loss ironically, came at the hands of Bradley via a unanimous decision in a fight that saw Vargas almost knocked out the champion in the 12th and final round.