Fights that could tempt Pacquiao out of retirement

Sport360 staff 10:16 11/04/2016
Manny Pacquiao's potential opponents.

Manny Pacquiao admitted he was “50-50” about retirement after bidding farewell to boxing on Saturday with a vintage performance to defeat longtime rival Tim Bradley.

The 37-year-old had promised to deliver an explosive display and did not disappoint the 14,665 fans who had crammed into the MGM Grand Garden Arena to catch what may have been the final curtain call for an icon.

Pacquiao, the only man to capture world titles in eight different weight divisions, produced flashes of brilliance and knocked down Bradley twice on his way to a unanimous decision in this welterweight duel.

It was the sort of performance many believed could persuade him to prolong his career.

Following the win, Sport360 has taken a look at four worthy opponents who Pacquiao could be tempted to come out of retirement to fight.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER

There’d be an outcry, but enough people would still buy it. Neither could make as much money fighting anyone else.

TERENCE CRAWFORD

Freddie Roach says 140lbs is Manny’s optimum weight. The man there is talented Top Rank stable mate Crawford.

SAUL ALVAREZ

Would mean stepping back up to light-middleweight, but would be a box office smash. Pacquiao has never lacked bravery.

DANNY GARCIA

Excelled at 140lbs and now has a belt at 147lbs. Needs a big name opponent to give his career a lift and Manny would fit the bill.

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