Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is coming out of retirement to fight South Korean YouTuber DK Yoo in an exhibition match this December.
Officially announced on Thursday, the bout marks the eight-division world champion’s first appearance in the ring since he retired from boxing in September last year. Pacquiao, 43, said at the time that he wanted to focus on his campaign to become president of the Philippines. He eventually lost to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the 2022 Philippine presidential elections in May.
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DK Yoo, who gained popularity as a sports and fitness instructor, regularly posts combat sports training content on his YouTube channel, which has over 650,000 subscribers.
In recent years, he has ventured into exhibition matches with professional athletes. He last faced former UFC welterweight Brad Scott in an MMA match in December last year.
The 43-year-old South Korean challenger first revealed that he will be fighting Pacquiao, who called their match a “special event,” via a YouTube video posted on June 21.He also posted a video on Instagram showing him and Pacquiao signing contracts inside the former senator’s home in General Santos City, Philippines, last month.
Billed as “Pacman VS DK Yoo,” the exhibition match will be held in South Korea on Dec. 10.