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Negotiations set to start for
Pacquiao’s next bout

MANILA - Manny Pacquiao, fresh from reclaiming the WBO welterweight title from erstwhile undefeated Timothy Bradley, will arrive on Friday and will start the negotiation for his next fight after a month's rest.

”We have not talked about it yet. Maybe after month of rest, we will discuss my next fight,” Pacquiao said in a radio dzBB interview.

Two big names in the welterweight division cropped up as the possible next opponents of Pacquiao after he dealt Bradley's first loss via a convincing unanimous victory last Sunday in Las Vegas.

”It will depend on my promoter (Bob Arum). I will fight whoever they (promoters) want me to fight,” Pacquiao said.

Undefeated World Boxing Council welterweight titlist Floyd Mayweather Jr. is on top of the wish list of the boxing experts and fans, followed by Mexican arch nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.

Both Mayweather and Marquez are scheduled to enter the ring next month with Mayweather facing self-picked opponent Marcos Maidana from Argentina on May 3 while Marquez battles American Mike Alvarado on May 17.

Boxing fans continue to call for a mega-fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao but the American boxer still refuses to face the Filipino boxing superstar despite Pacquiao agreeing to blood testing and 60 percent share for Mayweather.

"Manny said yes to both but then we never heard back from Floyd again,” Pacquiao’s American coach Freddie Roach told ESPN.

Roach also believed that Mayweather doesn’t want to risk his unblemished ring record (45-0, with 26 KOs).

Before the Pacquiao-Bradley rematch, Roach said if Mayweather is not interested fighting Pacquiao, he will push for Pacquiao-Marquez V if the 40-year-old Mexican warrior wins versus Mike Alvarado on May 17.*PNA



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