Ranking Manny Pacquiao's Best Options for Next Fight

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Ranking Manny Pacquiao's Best Options for Next Fight
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Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2) needs to pick the right opponent for his return to the ring.

While some fight fans would like to see Pacquiao, 34, hang up his boxing gloves following his knockout loss at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez in his last bout in December, the fact that Pacquiao did not have a retirement announcement in the month that followed makes it seem likely that Pacquiao will return to the ring in 2013.

Pacquiao must choose his return bout carefully. He needs to pick an opponent who can provide enough of a test to show that he has not lost his skills and is still a substantial fighter.

Here's a look at four opponents (in descending order) who would help Pacquiao resume his career.

Admittedly, the first two are much stronger potential opponents than the final two.

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