Kell Brook has his sights set on a comeback bout against Manny Pacquiao. 62-8-2 Pacquiao is also on the sidelines having last fought in August 2021 when he suffered a decision defeat to Yordenis Ugas. Either that, or the Sheffield star is open to a rematch against “King Khan” to whet British appetites.
“Maybe we could get Amir Khan or Manny Pacquiao back in the ring. Manny Pacquiao is a legend, of course I’d love to share the ring with him. It would be an honour.”
No prizes for guessing which of those two fights would be the more prestigious considering 40-3 Brook already bested Khan when they first met.
That clash proved to be a one-sided affair, with Brook bulldozing his way throughout before sealing the sixth-round stoppage. The catchweight that Brook and Khan competed at two years ago (149lbs) is just five pounds above the weight at which the fight took place. There were murmurs of a Pac-Man comeback in late 2023 after footage emerged of the icon back in training.
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It would be no minor addition to Brook’s legacy if he were to return to fighting and add a result over a name as respected as Pacquiao to his record. However, almost three years on from his last competitive clash, the boxing great may take some convincing to step back into the squared circle.