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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 16 November 2018

Manny Pacquiao: Floyd Mayweather Jr rematch is 'a big possibility'

The Filipino boxer believes fact the American is returning to ring for other bouts opens the down to a sequel to their 2015 bout

Manny Pacquiao is up for another showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Reuters
Manny Pacquiao is up for another showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Reuters

Manny Pacquiao believes a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2019 is "a big possibility".

The 39-year-old delivered a speech at the Oxford Union in which he said he is likely to take on two more fights before retiring, and that could mean a finale against his long-time rival, who beat him in Las Vegas in 2015.

Pacquiao will take on Adrien Broner in January, while Mayweather announced earlier on Monday his next challenge will be a bout with Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year's Eve - reversing his apparent retirement after he beat UFC star Conor McGregor last year to move to 50-0.

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"There is a big possibility because Floyd is coming back into boxing," Pacquiao said in comments reported by Sky Sports.

"He is fighting in December and I am fighting in January. So a big possibility after that next year that we will discuss a re-match.

"My thinking is to have a re-match and to make a clear decision on who will win the fight because in the last fight that we had it wasn't clear who won the fight because he didn't throw a lot of punches and he won the fight.

"I had a shoulder injury ... but this time, if this re-match happens there are no excuses, no alibis."