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Boxing: New Pacquiao deal dims Mayweather fight hopes

Published on May 21, 2014 2:59 AM

LAS VEGAS (AFP) - Manny Pacquiao extended his promotional deal with Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum through the end of 2016, likely scuttling any chance he will fight unbeaten US rival Floyd Mayweather.

Fans have long sought a showdown between Filipino southpaw Pacquiao, 56-5 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, and Mayweather, 46-0 with 26 knockouts.

But Mayweather, 37, has vowed never to fight Pacquiao while he is promoted by Arum and the new deal carries Pacquiao, 35, to the point where he has indicated he would likely conclude his career.

Pacquiao is a lawmaker in his homeland and could choose to focus on politics or his business and entertainment interests.

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