Manila: Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday confirmed that he came out of retirement to fight World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in November.
The 37-year-old Filipino has won world titles in eight weight divisions.
“Yes, the fight is on. I have agreed to a November 5 fight with reigning WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas,” Pacquiao said in a statement, reports Xinhua news agency.
“Boxing is my passion. I miss what I’d been doing inside the gym and atop the ring,” he added.
After winning on a unanimous decision against Timothy Bradley of the US in April, Pacquiao said he would retire to focus on his political career.