Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that he is in talks with Top Rank over a possible bout between IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook and Manny Pacquiao.
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Pacquiao lost to Floyd Mayweather earlier this month in what was the richest fight in boxing history, but the Filipino later revealed that he was suffering with a shoulder injury which required surgery.
While the rehabilitation process for his repaired torn rotator cuff will likely keep him out of the gym for a minimum of six months, he could be in line to return later this year with Mayweather initially suggesting that he would be open to a rematch in 2016.
However, he then backtracked on that claim and labelled Pac-Man a “sore loser” which instead opens up the possibility of the 36-year-old looking elsewhere for his next bout.
That search could take him to Brook, who had already been touted as a possible opponent in the more immediate aftermath of May 2 against the winner or loser.
“We’ve had talks with Top Rank about Brandon Rios and spoke very briefly about Manny Pacquiao but it’s early days,” Hearn said, according to ESPN.
“My dad has spoken to Bob Arum about it this week and I really think it can happen in November or December once Pacquiao is fit.
“I really think Kell will smash him to bits because he is younger, fresher and in the form of his life where as Pacquiao looked a bit past it.”
While Pacquiao certainly looked limited in the ring with Mayweather, he will be keen to prove that he still has the ability to produce when he returns to action after his injury lay-off.
Meanwhile, Brook has a long way to go before he can look forward to a bout with the legendary Filipino, as he first takes on Frankie Gavin at the O2 Arena in London on May 30 in the second defence of his IBF welterweight title.