Boxing News: Manny Pacquiao should wait for Floyd Mayweather rematch, says Eddie Hearn

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Hall of Famer trainer Freddie Roach said too much money could be the key for a Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch. Reuters/Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Manny Pacquiao has been linked to several possible opponents for what could be his farewell boxing fight early next year. Names like Amir Khan, Terence Crawford and Danny Garcia have been thrown in the list of potential opponents for Pacquiao, but according to British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, the former eight-division titlist should wait for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. for his last fight.

Hearn does not believe Pacquiao will suit up against the likes of Khan for his last fight, believing that it would only give the Filipino fighter little reward in terms of payday numbers. Hearn thinks it would be best for the boxer-turned-politician to wait for a rematch with Mayweather, who has retired from boxing following his victory over Andre Berto in September.

"Pacquiao should just wait for the Mayweather Jr. rematch,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “It doesn't matter that the first fight wasn't very good - you can build that fight back up easily.”

The megafight between Pacquiao and Mayweather was a disappointment for many  fight fans around the world, although a rematch between two legendary fighters could still pique the interest of the boxing world, considering their record of drawing big numbers for PPV events.

The chance to lure Mayweather away from retirement could be slim to none, but according to Pacquiao’s long-time trainer Freddie Roach, who also believes the Filipino would not walk into retirement after his fight on April 9, “too much money” could pry out “Pretty Boy” from hanging up his gloves, reports Lance Pugmire of LA Times.

“If Manny fights a good fighter, looks good, has no shoulder injury, I think Floyd Mayweather and him will go one more time,” Roach revealed. “Too much money.”

Pacquiao hinted last week in a Facebook video that he is hoping for a rematch with Mayweather, which started the buzz that a rematch could really be on the table. However, Top Rank Promotions boss Bob Arum and Mayweather himself shot down Pacquiao’s claims, insisting that there is no such negotiations.  

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