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No Olympic stint for Pacquiao

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) – Superstar Manny Pacquiao’s wanted to fight at the Rio Games next year but does not qualify to be among the first professionals to compete at an Olympics, the head of boxing’s governing body said.

Wu Ching-Kuo, president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) said the Filipino, who takes on Floyd Mayweather on May 2 in a record-breaking welterweight title fight, has been in too many professional fights.

“He (Pacquiao) always dreamed of going to the Olympics, but now he can’t because he did more than 20 professional fights,” Wu told AFP on the sidelines of the SportAccord convention in Sochi, Russia.