Manny Pacquiao has signed a deal with Japanese MMA promotional outfit RIZIN – the same company who hired Floyd Mayweather for an exhibition bout in December.
Details of what this agreement actually entails are yet to be confirmed, however RIZIN president Nobuyuki Sakakibara posted images of Pacquiao inking the contract on Sunday.
He captioned the photos: “Now I’m in the Philippines. Following Mayweather, RIZIN 15 will make a new gimmick with this guy.
“I will announce it as soon as I return home, so please look forward to it.”
On New Year’s Eve, at RIZIN 14, Floyd Mayweather fought rising kickboxer star Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition bout scheduled for three rounds in Tokyo.
Mayweather battered the massively overmatched featherweight and stopped him in the opening session, much to the despair of his onlooking home crowd.
He claimed he was paid $10million for doing so.
At the time, Pacquiao criticised the fight, tweeting: “Here is an early New Year’s resolution. To only fight experienced opponents who are my size or bigger.”
This tweet has since been deleted and now it appears as though the Filipino is set to follow in his old rival’s footsteps.
RIZIN 15 will take place on April 21 in Yokohama and it appears an announcement is imminent regarding exactly how Pacquiao will be involved in the event.
He has also recently been linked with a welterweight title bout against Keith Thurman. This could still take place, even if he does indulge in an exhibition.