Boxing fans around the world are buzzing with excitement over the Manny Pacquiao vs Conor Benn potential matchup. Pacquiao, aged 44, might not retire yet as his adviser, Sean Gibbons, confirms Pacquiao’s eagerness to fight Conor Benn, who also finds the idea intriguing. Stick around to know more about it!

The prospect of two incredible fighters from different generations going head-to-head has captured the imagination of fans and experts alike.

Manny Pacquiao vs Conor Benn Potential Matchup: Is it really happening?

The potential matchup this summer would surprise many boxing fans. Pacquiao, who is currently retired, and Benn, who has two positive drug tests pending, would make for an unexpected pairing.

Benn’s interest is unsurprising as a fight with Pacquiao, even if he is not in his prime, would be the biggest event and fight of Benn’s career by far. (As you can see in the tweet above)

Eddie Hearn, the head of Matchroom Boxing, revealed that they have started initial discussions for a fight between Benn and Pacquiao. And it’s still in progress.

Conor Benn is yet to get out of his drug case

Manny Pacquiao vs Conor Benn Potential Matchup
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  • Benn’s team is giving more importance to the WBC investigation, and there are reports that the organization will soon make a decision in his favor.
  • Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the WBC, has stated that Benn is not under any suspension and is eligible to participate in competitions.

Eddie Hearn also said in an interview with Boxing King Media (the video above) that:

“I would not be surprised to see Conor Benn fight Manny Pacquaio next, but it’s not signed. There’s been a couple of discussions, minor discussions.”

Is Pacquiao really returning to boxing?

In August 2021, Pacquiao had his most recent official fight, which was a 12-round decision loss to Yordenis Ugas. Approximately one month after the fight, Pacquiao declared his retirement.

  • Although Pacquiao has participated in some exhibitions, they did not come close to a competitive match.
  • When Pacquiao retired from boxing, he aimed to be elected as the president of the Philippines, but unfortunately, he lost in the 2022 elections.
  • “He’s back in training, he wants to fight and is being told he can fight,” Hearn said. That’s all we’ve heard.

Who might win in this fight?

Pacquiao vs Benn comparison
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While many fans may see this as a classic “old vs new” matchup, it’s important to note that both fighters bring their own unique strengths to the table.

Pacquiao’s experience and skill are second to none, but Benn’s youth and hunger could give him an edge in the ring. So we are yet to see the real winner if it really happens.

  • Regardless, Benn (21-0, 14 KO) is expected to return to the ring soon, while Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KO) has reportedly shown interest.


That’s everything to know about the potential matchup of Manny Pacquiao vs Conor Benn. Are you excited to see this epic match? Do let us know in the comments down below.

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