‒ but Floyd Mayweather has ‘absolutely’ no intention of making a surprise return to the Games.
Top professional boxers will become eligible to compete in this summer’s Olympics under radical new proposals being pushed through by the sport’s world governing body, AIBA.
In light of the decision, which is yet to be confirmed, it has emerged that AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, has personally invited Pacquiao to compete in Brazil.
According to the Philippine Star, the idea was initially discussed when Pacquiao flew to Doha, Qatar for the AIBA World Championships last October.
It is believed Pacquiao, who is preparing for his fight with Timothy Bradley in April, is wanted to compete at the Games as the sport’s world governing body bids to attract the biggest names to Rio.
However, retired boxer Floyd Mayweather has revealed he has no intention of making a shock return to the ring at the Olympics.