Manny Pacquiao

Manila, Aug 10 (IANS) 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.

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“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.

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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.