Just one month shy of his 38th birthday, Manny Pacquiao picked up the 59th victory of his professional career, defeating WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision Saturday.
His first fight since announcing his retirement back in April, Pacquiao is set on continuing his career inside the squared circle while also maintaining his position as a senator back home. Though it’s unclear what his next matchup may be, the Filipino superstar says he’s not opposed to moving up in weight to take on one of the sport’s brightest rising stars.
“I’m going to go back home to the Philippines and back to work in the senate, and then I’ll talk to [Top Rank promoter] Bob [Arum] about my next fight,” Pacquiao said after the win (via Boxing Scene). “I don’t know who the fight will be — whoever the people want me to fight. I am not picking an opponent. Whoever my promoter gives me, I will fight. Anybody at 147. Crawford at 140? Not a problem.”
Pacquiao has now made it two in a row since his lackluster loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2015. He’s gone on to top Timothy Bradley Jr. after recovering from shoulder injury before picking up the victory over Vargas Saturday.
Crawford is currently scheduled to defend his lineal, WBC and WBO welterweight title against John Molina Jr. Should Crawford keep his undefeated record intact, a potential matchup against Pacquiao, who is also managed by Arum’s Top Rank Boxing, isn’t out of the realm of possibility.