MANNY PACQUIAO is being linked with a sensational boxing comeback after losing the Philippines presidential election.
The boxing icon was beaten by Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr in the political poles after officially launching his campaign in February.
It came after he retired from boxing following defeat to Cuban Yordenis Ugas last August.
But according to World Boxing News, talk of a return to the ring for Pacquiao, 43, has already began.
They suggest the eight-division champion will need money after spending a lot on his presidential run.
And it is added that rumours of a fight in Las Vegas - a year after his last - are "already in the pipeline".
Pacquiao was due to fight Errol Spence Jr, before the unbeaten American suffered an eye injury.
As a result, Ugas replaced Spence and went on to beat and ultimately send PacMan into retirement.
Spence, 32, in April then beat Ugas, 35, to become the unified WBA, WBC and IBF welterweight champ.
And it has set up a blockbuster undisputed title decider with long-time rival Terence Crawford, 34.
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Fighting the winner would offer Pacquiao a sizeable fight purse but the odds would be stacked against him in the ring.
But he was last year linked with an exhibition bout against lightweight sensation Ryan Garcia, 23, until talks collapsed.
Pacquaio's great foe Floyd Mayweather continues to box in similar exhibitions even at the age of 45.
Mayweather returns to the ring on Saturday in Dubai, against former sparring partner Don Moore, 42.