• Manny Pacquiao will likely want his final boxing match to be held in the Philippines
  • Mikey Garcia or Terence Crawford could be the final opponent for Pacquiao
  • Pacquiao's plans to run for president remains unclear for now

With the Philippine national elections nearing, the buzz is that Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao may vie for the country’s presidency.

Others allege that the 42-year-old will try the vice presidency first as a conservative route to the Philippines’ top position.

But before all that, "Pac-Man" would want nothing more than to wrap up his boxing career on a high note. There were talks of a possible bout with Ryan Garcia and Terence Crawford, but nothing has been set in stone.

While those two fights make sense, at least one of them is no longer happening. Garcia revealed last Mar. 2 that the fight with Manny Pacquiao is no longer happening and will remain a dream.

The 22-year-old mentioned that there were some “issues” that came up, and “King Ry” is now focusing on facing another opponent.

The announcement was posted on the All Access Elite Boxing Facebook page and read: "I tried my best after getting the call to fight him but didn't happen due to some issues I didn't expect to come up but I'm already working on the next fight. I will always see Manny as an inspiration and someone who is a legend and that I respect. I wish the best for him in life and boxing."

However, another fighter named Garcia enters the picture. In a report from, Mikey Garcia claims that they are finalizing the details and a clash with Pacquiao may happen in May.

“It’s been in the works for a long time, particularly more in detail in the last year. Now, in the last few weeks, we’ve been getting very close to working on this and finalizing it. I’m pretty excited. We’ll have all of the details set in the next few days. It’s a matter of time. So far, it seems like all of the parties are on board. I’m excited for it,” Mikey said.

Manny Pacquiao wants to have a National Bible Day in the Philippines.
Senator and boxing champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao gestures during a Senate committee hearing on Justice and Human Rights and on Extra Judicial Killing at Senate headquarters in Pasay city, metro Manila, Philippines on Oct. 3, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Regardless if it will be Crawford or Garcia, it could be the fitting farewell tour for the boxer-senator.

If a May fight is made official with Garcia, a logical forecast would be to see the Pinoy southpaw face Crawford in his final bout in September.

Should this be his final fight, a sensible place to hold it may be in the Philippines at the 50,000-capacity Philippine Arena.

Such was suggested by local journalist Quinito Henson of the Philippine Star. In his article, he mentioned that it would be a fitting farewell for the future boxing Hall of Famer, assuming that the socio-economic conditions cooperate.