Pacquiao eyeing spring return

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Manny Pacquiao has said his shoulder is almost healed after surgery and he expects to resume training before the end of the year, ahead of a return to the ring in March.

Pacquiao had surgery on his right shoulder days after he lost by a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr in boxing's richest fight in May. 

Mayweather has since retired from the sport though Pacquiao believes that in boxing, those vows do not always hold up.

He said: "If you ask me, of course, I want a rematch. I heard that he retired already. If he really retired, then there's no rematch. But if not…

Pacquiao injured his shoulder three weeks before the fight. He later said he aggravated it in the fourth round, when he landed some of his best punches of the night against Mayweather.

"He kept moving around and didn't want to fight toe-to-toe with me, exchanging punches," Pacquiao said.

Asked if he could change that in a rematch, Pacquiao said, "I think so, especially [after] I fixed my shoulder."