Boxing predictions for 2022: Manny Pacquiao returns to fighting while Tyson Fury walks away at the top

After a difficult 2020, boxing returns with vengeance in 2021. Many tournaments have seen champions reach undisputed status as well as many super fights finally come to an end. However, one of the biggest shocks is probably Manny Pacquiao officially retiring from sports career after losing to Yordenis Ugas. Plus, a year after disappointing Vasiliy Lomachenko with unified lightweight titles, Teofimo Lopez let down George Kambosos, who set up a potential sweepstakes in the division for three titles. .

As we move towards 2022, the light, heavy and heavyweight divisions will once again become the most attractive targets for stars looking to make a bigger name for themselves. With that in mind, our experts have come up with some predictions for what we could see happening in the new year.

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Manny Pacquiao returns to active, elite competition

Was Pacquiao’s decision at the age of 43 to accept such a difficult opponent at the last minute of WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas in July a poor decision? From a stylistic point of view, the answer can only be yes, as Pacquiao was empty-handed before retiring shortly after the defeat. But conceivably this is really the last game of the Filipino icon’s incredible 26-year professional career that wouldn’t notice how passionate he is still about the sport, including all everything from competition to training. Pacquiao is currently running for president in his hometown but is not the favorite to win the election. If he falls short, a return to the game is inevitable. Even when he lost to Ugas, the late replacement for unified champion Errol Spence Jr., and the rusty ring Pacquiao showed off two years after his sacking, he retained much of his pace and flare. the explosion he had been calling for a long time. Card. With the right matchmaking, including a possible weight loss, Pacquiao could still compete at world title level should he come back active once again. And knowing the boxing history of countless great boxers has been around for so long until the sport has effectively eliminated them, there’s a good presumption that Pacquiao will get them back again. – Brian Campbell

Vasiliy Lomachenko will end 2022 as lightweight champion

The lightweight division is hot right now, packed with young riders who are seen as the future of the sport. And yet, it’s a resident old man who can end the year as the undisputed champion. Teofimo Lopez laid an egg in the hands of George Kambosos Jr in November, making Kambosos hold three of four recognized world championships in the 135-pound division. The WBC also considers that the Kambosos deserve to be recognized as the undisputed champion although also claims that their champion, Devin Haney, is the WBC champion and is “the pride of the WBC.” All of this means that politics dictates everything in boxing. Gervonta Davis will not be traveling to Australia to face the Kambosos. Haney can. But Lomachenko, still possibly the most skilled in the division, will make whatever move he has to to secure the big battles he needs. Nor is Lomachenko likely to outgrow the division like Haney or find a way to continue collecting the side titles that promoters and broadcasters would advocate as legitimate world titles. Lomachenko has every chance of fending off the next wave in a year because he’s the one most likely to play the ball to make it happen. – Brent Brookhouse

Tyson Fury ‘retired from fighting’

Never doubt the ability of this man. The WBC heavyweight champion often voiced his abandonment of the sport after a few more fights, and then returned to those comments the next day. But there seems to be a consensus that if – and it remains an if – he can secure the undisputed title war with winners Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk in the summer or season. collect this and go away victorious, there is nothing left for him to accomplish. He will beat the biggest challenges available to him (Wladimir Klitschko, two-time Deontay Wilder and a unified champion) while reaching unification and undisputed status at two different points. Fury seems to be in a much better place than he was before his three-year hiatus due to alcohol and mental health issues, and another big win could see him leave to spend more time for family. – Brandon Wise Boxing predictions for 2022: Manny Pacquiao returns to fighting while Tyson Fury walks away at the top

Dustin Huang

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