Manny Pacquiao confirms upcoming bout in June

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Manny Pacquiao (File photo)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 7) — Eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao has confirmed the date and venue of his next bout.

The Filipino ring icon will stage his next fight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on June 24.

As for who will he will slug it out with, Pacquiao has narrowed it down to two names - Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse.

"Kinu-consider ko rin pero malaking posibilidad na kay Matthysse 'yung champion ng WBA. June 23 sa Amerika, June 24 dito," Pacquiao said Wednesday in an interview.

[Translation: I consider Garcia but there's a high possibility that it will be against Matthysse who is the WBA champion.]

Garcia, a former two-division world champ, is coming off a ninth-round technical knockout (KO) victory over Brandon Rios. He holds a record of 34 wins off 20 KOs and one loss.

Mathysse, meanwhile, is the reigning WBA welterweight world champion.

He was successful in his title defense against Thailand's Tewa Kiram to improve his record to 39 wins off 36 KOs and four losses.

Pacquiao, who is also a sitting Philippine senator, said he still has time to prepare for the fight during their session break. The Senate will adjourn on March 24 and will resume on May 14, then it will again adjourn on June 2.

The 39-year-old Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn via a controversial unanimous decision in July 2017. He carries a 59 win off 38 KOs and seven losses slate.

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The bout in Malaysia will be the Filipino's first in Asia since beating Chris Algieri in Macao in 2014.

CNN Philippines' Cecille Lardizabal contributed to this report.