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ALTHOUGH he was not to scale the same peaks of performance, Manny Pacquiao still managed to bring himself back in a remarkable way. He fought in the Far East for the first time in nearly a decade, taking the Brandon Rios fight to Macau and in the process bring the sport to a large new market. Then he avenged the loss to Tim Bradley. Pacquiao was big again. After his last fight, a November drubbing of Chris Algieri [pictured above], he called out Floyd Mayweather as publicly as he could. “I really want that fight,” he declared. “The fans deserve that fight.”

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