Manny Pacquiao Joins The Haymon Family
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: October 11, 2018
It has been reported by multiple sources and numerous boxing websites that eight-division world champion and current ‘regular’ WBA welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao has signed a deal with well-known boxing adviser Al Haymon.
Haymon is best known for being the adviser to Floyd Mayweather and being the head of Premier Boxing Champions.
On the weekend of Canelo Alvarez’s rematch with Gennady Golovkin videos surfaced of an impromptu meeting between Pacquiao and Mayweather at a nightclub in Japan. Mayweather then took it upon himself to announce that a rematch between the two men would be taking place. Many may remember before their record-breaking match in 2015; the two future hall-of-famers ran into each other at a Miami Heat basketball game.
At 39-years of age, it is somewhat surprising that Pacquiao signed with Haymon. It shows that the Filipino Senator is not thinking about retirement and wants to make this last portion of his career meaningful. For years, there have been rumors of Pacquiao either misusing his finances or of people close to him taking advantage of him. Over the last year, Pacquiao has severed ties with promoter Top Rank becoming a promotional free agent after his contract expired. Earlier this year before facing Lucas Matthysse, Pacquiao stopped working with longtime trainer Freddie Roach and is now reportedly not working with his business manager Michael Koncz.
With the “Pac-Man” now in the twilight of his career signing with Haymon opens up the number of opponents available to him in the welterweight division. With the amount of money that the first match with Mayweather made it seems that a rematch is imminent. There have been rumors of a potential match with former four-division champion Adrien Broner for this upcoming January. A bout with Broner could undoubtedly be sold to the general public and be a solid fight before facing Mayweather again for Pacquiao.
While Pacquiao did look to be in rare form in his last fight with Matthysse, the Argentinean may have been tailor-made and the perfect opponent for the Filipino Senator. Father time is undefeated in the sport of boxing, and while Pacquiao is not likely to take a ton of punishment in a rematch with Mayweather, fights with the elite welterweights who are now in their prime could be a different story.
Only time will tell if Pacquiao late in his career has one more significant run left in him. Boxing history has shown us this could be another unfortunate tale of an older fighter staying in the sport for too long with fans witnessing him getting knocked out by opponents he would have defeated in his prime.
Pacquiao’s prime is long and gone and has been for the better part of this decade. While signing with Haymon will allow Pacquiao to gain a few more hefty paydays it is likely that he could become cannon fodder and another scalp for fighters managed by Haymon to put on their mantel.
(Featured Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)