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Pacquiao receives hero's welcome back in Philippines

An injured Manny Pacquiao arrived back in the Philippines to a hero's welcome on Wednesday, the boxer still adamant he did enough to win his welterweight megabout against Floyd Mayweather Jr at the start of the month.

Pacquiao is unlikely to fight again any time soon. Credit: PA

The 36-year-old southpaw was wearing a sling on his right arm following shoulder surgery on a torn rotator cuff suffered prior to his unanimous points decision loss to the American in the heavily hyped fight in Las Vegas on May 2.

Pacquiao, a world champion a eight different weight classes and regarded as one of the sport's great entertainers, was sued in a U.S. court last week by two people who felt defrauded by his failure to disclose the pre-bout injury.

The Filipino, smiling for photographers, told reporters at Manila Airport his focus was not on boxing for now.

"I haven't discussed with anyone about my next fight. My focus right now is my shoulder recovery and to make it 100 percent okay, and my focus is on my congress work and family," he said.

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Mayweather brands Pacquiao a 'coward'

Floyd Mayweather has branded Manny Pacquiao a "coward" and distanced himself from a possible rematch of last weekend's one-sided victory in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao blamed a torn rotator cuff for his conclusive points defeat at the MGM Grand, claiming his damaged right shoulder meant he effectively only had use of one hand.

Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao last week. Credit: PA

In a text message sent to ESPN on Tuesday, Mayweather hinted he would be open to a second clash with the Filipino only to perform a U-turn that will fuel Amir Khan's hopes of facing the unified welterweight champion in September.

"Did I text Stephen A. Smith and say I will fight him again? Yeah, but I change my mind," Mayweather said in an interview with American television network Showtime.

"But at this particular time, no, because he's a sore loser and he's a coward. If you lost, accept the loss and say, 'Mayweather, you were the better fighter.'"

Khan could fight Mayweather in September

Amir Khan is hopeful of arranging a showdown with Floyd Mayweather in September, aided by the fact Ramadan falls earlier this year.

The Bolton fighter believes an eight-week training programme after Ramadan ends on July 17 will be sufficient to prepare him to face the American.

Amir Khan is hoping to face Floyd Mayweather. Credit: PA

"I'm not ruling out fighting in September because it's possible that it could happen," Khan said.

"Mayweather only fights in mid-September and Ramadan will be a little earlier this year, which helps. It gives me enough time to get the training done. So it can happen in September."

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McGuigan: Mayweather has the edge on Pacquiao

Barry McGuigan believes that Floyd Mayweather has the edge on Manny Pacquiao in their superfight this weekend.

"I think Mayweather has the edge just simply because psychologically he is unbeaten and by his very nature he doesn't know how it is to lose," said McGuigan, speaking at the BT Sport Industry Awards.

"He has the edge in speed...and he's a bigger man so I give him the edge but Pacquiao has the ability and all of the qualities to beat someone like Mayweather."

The most lucrative fight in boxing history will see the two fighters share a purse of around £198m, with Mayweather rumoured to be taking home a 60/40 majority.

Get a full guide to the gargantuan showdown here

Mike Tyson forced to deny hosting party at mansion

Mike Tyson has been forced to deny he's hosting a lavish party at his old Las Vegas mansion this weekend.

Rumours had circulated about Tyson throwing a bash to celebrate Saturday's mega fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

But the former heavyweight champion took to Twitter this morning and explained he has no intention "on stepping foot" in his old property again.

Pound-for-pound greats Mayweather and Pacquiao finally meet at the MGM Casino, Las Vegas, on Saturday night following years of failed negotiations.

Bob Arum predicts Floyd Mayweather retirement

Bob Arum believes Floyd Mayweather's declaration that he will soon retire after sensing the unbeaten American has fallen out of love with boxing.

Arum (left) is joint promoter for the fight. Credit: PA

Arum's Top Rank are joint promoters of Mayweather's showdown with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Sunday in what will be the penultimate assignment of the 38-year-old's six-fight deal with Showtime.

Toppling Pacquiao at the MGM Grand would register a 48th victory and leave him just one short of equalling Rocky Marciano's hallowed 49-fight unbeaten mark.

Mayweather's insistence that he has no desire to eclipse Marciano has been met with widespread scepticism but Arum, who promoted the reigning pound-for-pound king for the first decade of his career, predicts he will soon hang up his gloves.

I believe what Floyd is saying in that he is looking towards retirement. He's been at it since he's eight years old and he doesn't enjoy it like he used to.

Like Marvin Hagler said, millionaires sleep in silk pyjamas and don't like to get up in the morning and do roadwork.

When he retires, I think Floyd will be a great party guy. He'll have plenty of money and he'll enjoy himself. I just hope that for his sake he settles down and lives a more normal family-type life.

– Boxing promoter Bob Arum

Roach unsure if Mayweather will turn up for fight

Freddie Roach believes Floyd Mayweather has been forced into a fight he would rather avoid and questions whether the American will even turn up for his welterweight epic against Manny Pacquiao.

Manny Pacquiao is the underdog ahead of Saturday's mega fight. Credit: PA

Mayweather and Pacquiao collide in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning with the outcome of the showdown at the MGM Grand deciding who is the greatest boxer of their generation.

Roach believes the 38-year-old's television paymasters Showtime, who have outlaid a minimum of £130million for a six-fight contract, ordered the clash the boxing world has craved for the last five years.

I don't know why Floyd's been so quiet. I'm wondering if he's going to show up, I really am.

At the first press conference I said we were going to kick his ass, but there was no response. His speech was very low-key and subdued. I'm not sure he is going to show up.

I think Floyd was forced into this fight and it's not a fight he wants. He always gets to pick and choose his opponents, but he wasn't able to pick and choose this one because Showtime wanted this fight.

– Manny Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach
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