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Manny Pacquaio set to reveal retirement plans following defeat by Floyd Mayweather

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Manny Pacquaio has admitted he is nearing retirement following his defeat by Floyd Mayweather in their Las Vegas super-fight earlier this month.

Pacquaio, 36, returned to his native Philippines on Wednesday nursing a shoulder injury, where he received a hero's welcome despite the unanimous points defeat to Mayweather in the richest fight in boxing history.

"I will focus on healing my shoulder," Pacquaio is quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "After that, I will announce continuing my career or retirement.

"I'm not saying I am going to retire, but it's near. I'm already 36, turning 37 this December."

Pacquiao was seen with his arm in a sling following surgery on the shoulder problem which he claimed hampered him during the fight at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. But the six-weight world champion, who is also a Filipino congressman, was greeted by fans as he paraded through the capital Manila on the back of a truck.

The fight on May 2 destroyed a host of boxing records, including pay-per-view buys, with 4.4 million purchases of the event in the United States alone, generating more than $400 million (£255m) in revenue.

Mayweather has ruled out a rematch, calling Pacquiao a "sore loser" and a "coward", but the Filipino insisted he would be prepared to face the undefeated American again.

"I [would] like that, I want that," Pacquiao said. "But my focus right now is my shoulder, my work as a congressman and my family.

"I reviewed the fight and kept score. I won by two points, but a decision has been made and we have to accept it".