Manny Pacquaio set for mixed rules bout against Muay Thai legend Buakaw in the spring

The date for Manny Pacquiao and Buakaw Banchamek’s previously anticipated crossover match has been confirmed.

This match between the eight-time boxing world champion and Muay Thai icon has been officially scheduled for April 20, 2024. The event has been billed as ‘The Match of Legends.’ It is set to take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

The showdown will follow international boxing regulations, featuring a format of “six three-minute rounds with two-minute breaks.” Both boxers will step into the ring at 154 lbs (70kg), aligning with the super welterweight division in boxing and the junior middleweight division in Muay Thai.

The winner will claim not just glory but also a substantial cash prize of 10 million baht, equivalent to approximately $289,000. Additionally, he will receive the prestigious WBC Legends Belt.

Fresh Air Festival CEO Vinij Lertratanachai expressed his excitement, stating: “We are honored to have Manny ‘PacMan’ Pacquiao and Buakaw Banchamek for this historic event, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you won’t want to miss.”

Manny Pacquaio last competed in August 2021, where he lost to Yordenis Ugás by unanimous decision.

Nevertheless, Pacquiao has an iconic boxing career spanning 26 years. He is the first boxer to win 12 world championships across eight different weight divisions. He also remains the only boxer to secure the lineal championship in five distinct weight classes.

On the other hand, Buakaw Banchamek boasts an impressive record of nearly 300 matches. He stands as an icon in Muay Thai’s history. His legacy includes two K-1 World Max Championship titles and wins under esteemed banners such as WMC and WBC.

He defeated Saenchai by decision at BKFC Asia 5 in November. A month later, Buakaw defeated Nayanesh Ayman at Rajadamnern Stadium to add another victory to his record.

The collision between these two titans from different combat disciplines promises an electrifying showdown for fans. Combat spots enthusiasts will get to see an unforgettable spectacle of skill, legacy, and sportsmanship.