Manny Pacquiao versus Jessie Vargas in November overtures to a bigger fight in the near future, while Floyd Mayweather maintains he may return to boxing if the price is right.
One only needs to read in between the lines to make a connection and decipher what that could mean for the sport.
The fight of the century last year generated sales of around $600 million, and while many boxing fans have expressed disappointment over the fight, Bob Arum believes a rematch is still possible.
According to a report from Boxing Scene, Bob Arum said, “Mayweather may be a possibility. You know Mayweather’s making noises about returning and going to a 50th fight, and let’s see Manny with a fully healed shoulder.”
“I think Manny would give a lot better account of himself in that fight. I thought it was a very close fight. I thought Manny could have won that fight. When they fight again, if they fight again, I have no doubt that Manny will win.”
But it seems the best chance for the rematch to happen is when Manny Pacquiao’s contract with Bob Arum ends in 2017. Floyd Mayweather’s issues against Arum, his former promoter, are no secret to the boxing community.
The Pacman’s former strength & conditioning coach Alex Ariza believe the rematch can only happen with Bob Arum out of the picture.
“If Manny refuses to sign another extension with Bob Arum and becomes a free agent in 2017, then I think there’s more than an 80% chance that another fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao comes together,” Alex Ariza said, as reported by the Fight Saga.
Manny Pacquiao didn’t have a solid game plan when he first fought Floyd Mayweather, notwithstanding the fact that he may have had a torn rotator cuff. The best he could do was to attempt to roughshod “Money May” in a corner, which is nothing new.
Even Marcos Maidana did a much better job than him.
The first fight revealed how big Floyd is in comparison to Manny, and how fast he was, so he could just toy around and take advantage of his size and reach, let alone his uncanny ability to anticipate punches.
Manny Pacquiao looked futile for 12 rounds against a versatile fighter.
If a rematch happens, Floyd Mayweather can easily shift styles, and upset Manny again as he always does against different foes. Meanwhile, it seems unlikely at this point that Pacquiao can pose something new that Floyd can’t answer.
He will be more predictable than ever after Floyd’s realization of what he had to offer in the first bout.
A Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather rematch could be worse than the first match unless Floyd decides he wants it to be exciting.
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