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Manny Pacquiao: Floyd Mayweather Will Come Back

Mar 30, 2009 – 6:56 PM
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Manny Pacquiao is the best active boxer in the world. But would he still be the best boxer in the world if Floyd Mayweather Jr., who retired last year, returned to the ring?

We might find out soon. Pacquiao, boxing's pound-for-pound king, said Monday that Mayweather's camp told him he should expect Mayweather to return soon. And that means that if Pacquiao beats Ricky Hatton on May 2, a superfight between Pacquiao and the undefeated Mayweather should happen before the year is out.

"I think he's going to fight again," Pacquiao said of Mayweather. "He's not really retired. ... I heard from Floyd Jr.'s camp that he's coming back to the ring."

If Pacquiao beats Hatton, a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight would be the biggest bout of the year in boxing. But Pacquiao thinks Mayweather, who hasn't fought since December of 2007, would be better off taking a tune-up fight against an easier opponent in his return to boxing.

"For me -- if I'm Floyd -- I would fight a tune-up fight and then fight me," Pacquiao said. "That's for me, but I don't know what his plan is. He might want to fight me right away."

The 32-year-old Mayweather surprised the boxing world by announcing his retirement last year, walking away with a perfect 39-0 record. But recently reports have surfaced that Mayweather has the itch to fight again -- and that he needs the money. Pacquiao could give him both his greatest test as a boxer and a payday of more than $10 million, making it a fight that could be too good to pass up.

Pacquiao's comments were part of a longer interview that will be posted this week here at FanHouse.

Pacquiao-Hatton Photos

    ** FILE ** This is a Dec. 6, 2008 file photo showing WBC lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao celebrating his victory over Oscar De La Hoya after their welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won by TKO after the end of the 8th round. Pacquiao has been voted fighter of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, Tuesday March 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)

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    Boxer Ricky Hatton, left, is seen during training session with his trainer Floyd Mayweather Snr in Manchester, England, Tuesday March 24, 2009. Hatton will fight Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in a light-welterweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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    British boxer Ricky Hatton, centre, is seen during training session with his trainer Floyd Mayweather Snr, right, in Manchester, England, Tuesday March 24, 2009. Hatton will fight Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in a light-welterweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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    A tattoo is seen on the back of British boxer Ricky Hatton, during a training session in Manchester, England, Tuesday March 24, 2009. Hatton will fight Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in a light-welterweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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    British boxer Ricky Hatton adjusts his footwear during a training session at his gym in Manchester, northern England, March 24, 2009. Hatton is set to fight Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines in Las Vegas in May. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN SPORT BOXING)

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    British boxer Ricky Hatton throws a punch during a training session at his gym in Manchester, northern England, March 24, 2009. Hatton is set to fight Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines in Las Vegas in May. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN SPORT BOXING)

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    British boxer Ricky Hatton prepares to enter the ring during a training session at his gym in Manchester, northern England, March 24, 2009. Hatton is set to fight Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines in Las Vegas in May. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN SPORT BOXING)

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    Boxer Ricky Hatton, right, is seen during training session with his trainer Floyd Mayweather Snr in Manchester, England, Tuesday March 24, 2009. Hatton will fight Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in a light-welterweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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    Boxer Ricky Hatton in action during a training session with his trainer Floyd Mayweather Snr in Manchester, England, Tuesday March 24, 2009. Hatton will fight Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in a light-welterweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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    Boxer Ricky Hatton is seen during training session in Manchester, England, Tuesday March 24, 2009. Hatton will fight Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in a light-welterweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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