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Pacquiao can still fight Mayweather, says sports promoter

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(FILE PHOTO) Undefeated WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) of the U.S. and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines pose with the WBC championship belt during a final news conference at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

A sports promoter still believes that World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao can still fight and retract his earlier declaration of retiring.

Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza thinks that Pacquiao’s dominant performance against Timothy Bradley last Saturday, that there’s a possibility that Pacquiao will go up the ring against Floyd Mayweather.

Espinoza said he was impressed by Pacquiao’s performance and spoke to Mayweather over the weekend to gauge his interest in fighting again.

The impression he got was that Mayweather would consider coming out of retirement if there is enough fan interest in a rematch.

“I thought Pacquiao looked good, looked as good as he has looked in the last three or four years,” Espinoza said.

“He was active. He showed the power. He was quick. But really in terms of a Mayweather rematch, it’s really up to the audience, to the fans and the writers. I know from talking to Floyd — if there’s demand for a particular fight — I think he will give it strong consideration. But I think this is one where we’re not going to put the cart before the horse. If people are interested in that fight then I think they’ll make their voices heard and we’ll start working on it,” Espinoza said.

Ever since he defeated Andre Berto last September, Mayweather has been adamant that he is retired. However, in recent weeks he has eased up on that statement and gone as far as suggesting that he didn’t know what the future held.

Mayweather was in attendance to watch Adrien Broner call him out after beating the Mayweather-promoted Ashley Theophane on April 1.

Mayweather laughed off that challenge but perhaps another massive payday against Manny Pacquiao, who was impressive in dispatching of Bradley, could lure him back into a boxing ring. (JCA)

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