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Pacquiao: Mayweather rematch 'a big possibility'

Manny Pacquiao believes a rematch against Floyd Mayweather in 2019 is "a big possibility". Credit: PA

Manny Pacquiao believes a rematch against Floyd Mayweather 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.

"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."

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Amir Khan to fight Manny Pacquiao in April

Manny Pacquiao (left) poses with next opponent Amir Khan. Credit: PA

Amir Khan will fight Manny Pacquiao on April 23 in a "super fight", both fighters have announced on Twitter.

After the pair revealed earlier this week that negotiations were ongoing over a bout, a date has now been agreed, but no venue yet.

There were reports earlier this week that a verbal agreement was in place for Pacquiao-Khan to take place in either Bolton or Manchester. The United Arab Emirates has been suggested as the likeliest location, but there has been no confirmation.

Pacquiao continues to be trained by Freddie Roach but Khan left the American in September 2012 and is now under the tutelage of Virgil Hunter.

Nike cut ties with Pacquiao after homophobic slur

Sportswear giant Nike has severed ties with multi-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao following a homophobic slur made by the Filipino earlier this week.

Pacquiao described homosexuals as "worse than animals". Credit: PA

The 37-year-old, who takes on Tim Bradley in April in what is rumoured to be the final bout of an extraordinary professional career, provoked outrage when he described homosexuals as "worse than animals" in a television interview.

Pacquiao apologised for the comment on Facebook, saying he he was "not condemning LGBT", although he remained unequivocal in his stance against gay marriage.

His contrition has not pacified Nike, however, which has swiftly ended its relationship with Pacquiao, who prominently wore the company's logo on his trunks during his fights.

A Nike spokesperson said in a statement to Press Association Sport:

We find Manny Pacquiao's comments abhorrent. Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community. We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao.

– Nike spokesperson
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