Report: Manny Pacquiao Signs Deal With Al Haymon

Manny Pacquiao may have just found a new promotional home for the foreseeable future.

According to a report by WBN, Pacquiao has signed a promotional deal with Al Haymon, founder of Premier Boxing Champions, and plans are set for Pacquiao's next superfight.

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The report states that Pacquiao, a promotional free agent throughout the summer, could have his first fight under the new deal in early 2019 against Adrien Broner at a U.S. site to be determined. The fight is being planned to serve as a tune-up fight to a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Both Mayweather and Pacquiao teased a rematch from their 2015 encounter which broke all pay-per-view buyrate records. Mayweather won that first fight by unanimous decision and would go on to remain undefeated, reaching a 50-0 pro boxing record last year. The pair met in September in Tokyo and had a verbal exchange that saw both them publicly voice their desires to fight each other once more.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao would have his last two fights broadcast by ESPN in the United States. The first one took place in 2017 when he lost his WBO welterweight title to Jeff Horn and the second bout happened earlier this year when Pacquiao knocked Lucas Matthysse to win the WBA "regular" welterweight title. After the fight against Matthysse, Pacquiao would declare himself a promotional free agent, no longer tied down to Bob Arum and Top Rank Boxing.

Broner, a four-division world champion, has not fought since fighting former welterweight champion Jessie Vargas to a majority draw back in April.

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