Manny Pacquiao has been told by Timothy Bradley he should fight Shawn Porter next, rather than entertain a clash with Mikey Garcia or Errol Spence Jr. Pacquiao has also been linked with a huge crossover fight against UFC star Conor McGregor.
Pacquiao has not been in the ring since last July, when he defeated Keith Thurman to win the WBA world welterweight title.
The Filipino has plenty of next fight options, with Garcia seemingly the frontrunner.
Promoter Eddie Hearn is keen on making Pacquiao vs Garcia in Saudi Arabia in July, but the current coronavirus pandemic has put future boxing events in doubt.
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Pacquiao would also fight McGregor, who lost to Mayweather in his only other boxing bout back in 2017 via 10th-round TKO.
Bradley thinks that a fight between Pacquiao and McGregor could happen – with so much money to be made.
But the former welterweight champion wants to see the Philippine Senator to fight Porter next, because it would be an all-out war.
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“It [McGregor fight] could happen. Manny Pacquiao is still a good, great name in boxing,” Bradley explained.
“Conor McGregor is a huge name in MMA. Yeah it can happen.
“Pacquiao, if you’re gonna fight somebody, fight Shawn Porter.
“Because that’s a collision. That’s a fight.
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“You know Shawn Porter ain’t running. So he (Pacquiao) ain’t gonna look for him.
“He’s gonna be right there in his grill and it’s gonna be a war.”
Spence Jr is also a potential opponent for Pacquiao, after he beat Porter last year to become the unified WBC and IBF titleholder.
Spence Jr also beat Garcia last year and defended his IBF belt in emphatic fashion, winning every single round against the Mexican.
Pacquiao is boxing’s only eight-weight world champion and has been slated to retire for years, but at the age of 41, he looks set to continue his illustrious career.
He said last week: “My assessment is Spence is the kind of boxer who can move, a slugger.
“If we’re going to fight, I need to focus on strategy, hand speed, footwork.
“Mikey Garcia is a brawler, aggressive. He’s got different techniques also.
“So we need to practice and apply on that fight. My plan is to get back into the ring this coming July, second or third week in July.”
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