Manny Pacquiao calls out Floyd Mayweather for rematch

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Pacquiao, who turns 40-years-old at the end of the year, dropped unsafe puncher Lucas Matthysse three times in the fight - before the fight was waved off. Matthysse went down in the third, fifth and seventh - and the contest was then soon waved off.

Pacquiao, now with a win-loss-draw record of 60-7-2, said he was enjoying his win and was not in negotiations at this time for his next bout.

The obvious fight is a rematch with Mayweather, whom he lost to due to a unanimous decision three years in Las Vegas.

Romero, at ringside along with AirAsia big boss Tony Fernandes, said Pacquiao's seventh round stoppage of Matthysse should serve as an inspiration not only for the Asian Games-bounds athletes but also for those who are dreaming of making it big in their respective sports.

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"If Mayweather comes back to boxing there is a possibility of a rematch", he said.

Another opponent is Amir Khan who made his return to the ring in a 39 second knockout of Phil Lo Greco and Vasyl Lomachenko, who is nearly 10 years his junior. "I think he's hurting from my punches", said Pacquiao, who hadn't won by knockout since 2009.

"I have the belt, so it's up to him [Mayweather]".

Pacquiao was really frustrating Matthysse as the fight went on, as Matthysse looked very trigger shy and like he did not want to really be in the ring with the legendary fighter at times.

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"I would like to congratulate Senator Manny Pacquiao for giving us pride and bringing the Filipino nation together once more", Duterte said.

Joshua had been hoping to fight fellow unbeaten heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who holds the World Boxing Council belt, but he could yet face the American in April 2019.

Veteran promoter Bob Arum has also talked up a superfight with his Top Rank stable's three-belt lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, but that would necessitate Pacquaio dropping back down from 147 to 140 or 135 pounds, weight divisions he has not fought at for 10 years.

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