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Boxing | International

Ruslan Provodnikov © Gallo Images

Russian could be next for Pacman



A fight against Russia's Ruslan Provodnikov could be an option for Manny Pacquiao’s promoters.

A rematch with Timothy Bradley also seems more likely than a rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez, whose asking price could be too high.

And promoter Bob Arum still hopes that Pacquiao could fight Floyd Mayweather. "I know it's a fight that should happen, and where there is a will there is a way," Arum said in Macau on Sunday.

He expressed frustration that the conflicting network affiliations of the two fighters was a continuing impediment. "If all sides cut out the crap, it can be done," he said.

Commercial impediments count against a bout against Mayweather, but Pacquiao is still eager for it to happen.

"Anybody who wants to fight with me, I can fight," Pacquiao said. "I am willing to fight Floyd but it's up to him, if he is willing also," the Filipino said after defeat Brandon Rios on points.

Pacquiao's points loss to Bradley last year was widely regarded as a judging error and a rematch should stir much interest.

Rios, who has now lost his past two bouts, had come up two weight classes in three fights but said he would stay at welterweight and perhaps even move up to super-welterweight.

Pacquiao again failed to stop his opponent – he has not done so since 2009 – but everything else about his performance suggested he could get back to the pinnacle, even with his 35th birthday looming next month.



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