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Manny Pacquiao Next Fight: Kell Brook Targeting 'Pacman' But Also Open to Facing Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin

Manny Pacquiao Next Fight vs Kell Brook
(Photo : Flickr / Roger Alcantara / CC) Will Manny Pacquiao delay his retirement and face IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook later this year?

British boxer Kell Brook is still looking for a big-money bout and the reigning International Boxing Federation welterweight champion has Manny Pacquiao on top of his priority list.

Promoter Eddie Hearn told Daily Star that they are considering a title unification about against World Boxing Council welterweight champion Danny Garcia or World Boxing Organization 147-pound ruler Jessie Vargas. However, their main target is Pacquiao, especially if he wins against Timothy Bradley on April 9.

"Our favorite option at welterweight would be against the winner of Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, so we're looking at different options for Kell for the summer," Hearn said.

However, it remains to be seen, though, whether or not Pacquiao will also be interested in facing Brook. It is also worth noting that the third showdown with Bradley could be Pacquiao's farewell fight, especially if the former pound-for-pound king gets elected as senator in the Philippines.

Aside from Pacquiao, Hearn also revealed that HBO has reached out to Brook about facing former world champion Miguel Cotto, who lost his WBC middleweight title to Saul Alvarez in November. Cotto is reportedly planning to return to the welterweight division in his next fight on June 18 in New York.

While a fight against Cotto could also be a breakout bout for Brook, Hearn thinks that the Puerto Rican might turn down the proposal because he will likely pick an easier opponent for his comeback fight. According to BoxingScene, James Kirkland appears to be the most likely opponent of Cotto in June.

"HBO have approached us regarding the possibility of fighting Miguel Cotto on June 18 in New York, which we would jump at," Hearn said. "But I think Cotto and his team are looking for someone easier on June 18."

Hearn added that facing unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is also an intriguing option for Brook. The veteran promoter said that he previously talked to Golovkin's camp about a possible title fight at a catchweight of 157 pounds, which is three pounds below the middleweight limit.

"I've also in touch with Tom Loeffler, Gennady Golovkin's manager and promoter, regarding the possibility of fighting Golovkin in a catchweight contest at 157lbs," Hearn continued.

Golovkin, who owns a perfect 34-0 record with 31 knockout victories, will defend his World Boxing Association, International Boxing Organization and IBF middleweight title against Dominic Wade on April 23 at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

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