A rematch of the richest fight in boxing history between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is under discussion even though both men claim they have retired.
Not only that but Amir Khan may get his dream fight with Pacquiao over three rounds at the Rio Olympics.
Both those tantalising prospects have emerged in the last 24 hours.
Promoter Bob Arum has confirmed that there is a ‘better than 50-50 chance’ of Mayweather versus Pacquiao following the PacMan’s impressive victory in his third fight with Tim Bradley on Saturday night.
That followed talks between Mayweather and the boss of the US television cable network Showtime, Stephen Espinoza, who said: ‘If there is a demand for this fight I believe Floyd will give it strong consideration.
‘It is up to the fans and the media but if people are interested and make their voices heard we will start working on it.’
The chances of Khan finally boxing Pacquiao hardened as he expressed a desire to go to Rio if plans for top professionals to compete in those Games are approved.
Khan, in the course of promoting next month’s surprise challenge for the world middleweight title in a Las Vegas superfight against Mexican idol Canelo Alvarez, said: ‘I am very interested in trying to turn my silver medal at the Athens Games into gold in Rio. My trainer Virgil Hunter and I will sit down after the Canelo fight in May and see if we can fit the Olympics into my schedule.’
Khan would compete in the same weight division as Pacquiao, who has already responded positively to suggestions from the Philippines government and the boxing federation there for him to try to win his country’s first Olympic gold medal.
Both men were approached by the leaders of world amateur boxing at a tournament in Qatar and promised exemptions from the current Olympics qualifying process.
Most top professionals are shying away from boxing against young amateurs but AIBA are getting ready to vote on the admission of world champions to the boxing events in Rio.
Pacquiao declared he would retire from the ring to concentrate on gaining election to the Philippines Senate after the Bradley fight but having boxed well said: ‘I will go home to think about my future.’


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