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Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that he will come back to boxing on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas when he takes on WBO welterweight champion Jesse Vargas at the Thomas and Mack Center.

Pacquiao announced his retirement after defeating Timothy Bradley on April 9, but that retirement was short-lived as the Filipino senator could not stay away from the sport that made him a global icon.

"Yes, the fight is on. I have agreed to a Nov. 5 fight with reigning WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas," Pacquiao told ESPN's Dan Rafael. "Boxing is my passion. I miss what I'd been doing inside the gym and atop the ring."

The promotional details for the fight will be announced on Sept. 8 in a press conference, but the fight -- which will be on pay-per-view -- will not be an HBO production. Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports ESPN could be "a player" to produce the pay-per-view event and Top Rank boss Bob Arum says it will be a "blockbuster announcement" when he reveals the TV plans.

The fight with Vargas will likely not be a one-time return for Pacquiao, as Arum also has left the door open for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather in 2017 should Mayweather choose to come back out of retirement as many expect.

If Pacquiao beats Vargas, it would seem to fit the requests of Mayweather for his 50th professional fight as he said he'll likely want a title fight -- Pacquiao would be WBO champion -- and will need a nine-figure payday. A spring date would also allow Mayweather to fight on his favorite weekend of the year, Cinco de Mayo weekend.