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Manny Pacquiao calls for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather after latest title win

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Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao registered the 60th win of his pro career on Sunday as he beat Lucas Matthysse, via a seventh-round TKO to win the WBA welterweight title.

It was Pacquiao’s first knockout victory in nine years, the last one coming against Miguel Cotto back in 2009.

Coming into the fight at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur this weekend, the eight-division world champion knew a defeat against the Argentinean counterpart could bring down the curtains on one of the greatest boxing careers of all time.

But he rolled back the years and delivered inside the ring yet again, indicating he has no intention of stopping just yet.

Immediately after the fight, his attention switched to one of his former adversaries, Floyd Mayweather.

Mayweather came out on top when the duo fought back in 2015 in what proved to be one of the most lucrative clashes of all-time.

And although the American hasn't returned to the ring since beating Conor McGregor last year, Pacquiao is more than willing to hand him an opportunity to fight for another title.

When asked about the prospect of facing Mayweather, the 39-year-old said: “Mayweather? If he decides to go back to boxing, then that is the time we are going to call the shots.

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“I have the belt, so it's up to him [Mayweather]. If he wants to come back in boxing, let's do a second one.”

Pacquiao insisted that his upcoming fight will be a title defence and revealed he has no intention of retiring while he still has a fire in his belly.

“My next fight, I want to defend my belt,” he added.

“If boxing is not my passion, I would not fight again. It's like I'm addicted to boxing and I really love to fight and bring honour to my country.”

Should an unlikely rematch vs Mayweather fail to materialise, British star Amir Khan, three-weight world champion Terence Crawford or a rematch with Jeff Horn are some other potentially big fights on the cards.

For the time being, he now has to focus on his duties in the office before zeroing in on his next opponent.

“There's going to be a lot of work in the office,” Pacquiao signed off with a smile.

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