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Manny Pacquiao dominates YouTuber DK Yoo in return to the ring

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  • Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao outclassed South Korean YouTuber and mixed martial artist DK Yoo during their exhibition match on Saturday in Goyang, South Korea.

  • The eight-division world champion knocked down his opponent several times throughout the six-round match before winning via unanimous decision.

  • Although Yoo was visibly exhausted by the third round, he managed to go the distance and complete all six rounds.

  • The match, which marked Pacquiao's first fight since his retirement last year, will donate its proceeds to war victims in Ukraine and Pacquiao’s housing project for the homeless in the Philippines.

  • Prior to the match, Pacquiao expressed interest in an official comeback next year, issuing challenges to undefeated welterweight champions Terence Crawford and Errol Spence.

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Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao easily defeated South Korean YouTuber and mixed martial artist DK Yoo via unanimous decision during their exhibition match on Saturday in Goyang, South Korea.

The eight-division world champion, who turns 44 on Dec. 17, knocked Yoo, 42, down several times throughout the six-round charity match.

Yoo, who has over 655,000 subscribers on YouTube, appeared exhausted by the third round but managed to go the distance and complete all six rounds.

The match marked Pacquiao’s first return to the boxing ring since his retirement last year to run for the Philippine presidency. He last fought in August 2021 when he suffered a decision loss to Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas.

“[It’s] nice to be back in the ring, especially this charity exhibition match and I’m going to continue my training to get back in shape,” Pacquiao said after defeating the physically larger Yoo. Pacquiao, who is 5 feet, 5.5 inches tall, weighed in at 161 pounds at the match weigh-in on Saturday, while the 5-foot-10-inch Yoo was determined to be about 174 pounds.

Prior to the match, Pacquiao expressed interest in an official comeback next year, issuing challenges to undefeated welterweight champions Terence Crawford and Errol Spence.

“Of course, I can fight Crawford,” Pacquiao told FightHype. “I can fight Terence Crawford or Spence. I’m eager to fight with them because to test them [to see] if they’re really a champion.”

“I’ve been fighting a lot of boxers at 147, 140, 135, I’ve been fighting with one of the greatest boxers in the world, so I want to test them in a fight,” he added. 

Pacquiao, who maintains a 62-8-2 record, was scheduled to fight Spence last year, but the latter pulled out due to an eye injury.

The fight’s proceeds will go to war victims in Ukraine and Pacquiao’s housing project for the homeless in the Philippines.

 

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