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Boxing Promoter Richard Schaefer speaks out on Mayweather vs Pacquiao II; Filipino boxing legend itching for a rematch

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Floyd Mayweather has said time and again that he is not yet keen in getting back inside the ring as a fighter and would want to enjoy his retirement from the sport.

Richard Shaefer was there when Mayweather vs Pacquiao happened in Las Vegas last May 2, 2015. He recently gave his thoughts about a potential rematch between the two legends during his debut show as a promoter.

The first Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight dubbed Fight of the Century, made more than $400 million revenues. It will be one of the deciding factors in luring the retired American boxer to fight Pacquiao again. Despite Mayweather’s proclamations to stay retired, Schaefer believes that he will fight again.

According to a recent interview with World Boxing News, the former CEO of Golden Boy Promotions believes that Mayweather will be back in action at some point in the future to build on his impressive 49-0 tally. He assures that fans will still buy the fight even if it will not match the previous fight.

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“As much everyone is complaining about a potential Mayweather vs Pacquiao II. Let’s face it, we would all buy it.” Schaefer said. “Even if the fight would do half of what the first fight did. It still would be the second largest boxing event in history from a financial standpoint.”

“I tend to think that it would do much more than half of the first fight, though. And would still make both fighters a lot of money,” Schaefer added.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao recently gave his thoughts on fighting Mayweather again. In an interview with ABS-CBN’s Headstart, the Filipino senator said that he is feeling young. He said that he is in great shape to try to avenge his loss to Mayweather last year in the richest fight in boxing history.

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“I feel young,” Pacquiao said. “I feel like I’m just 25, or that I’m just 28 years old.” When asked if he wanted to fight Mayweather again, he said. “Of course, if he wants to come back (to) boxing”.

Last week, Pacquiao teased fans about a possible rematch with Mayweather by posting pictures on his Twitter account wearing a suit bearing photos of him and the American boxer in the lining. But Mayweather said he had no plans to come out of retirement.

Pacquiao originally retired last May after beating Timothy Bradley in a non-title fight. He recently came out of retirement, which saw him become the new WBO welterweight champion by beating Jessie Vargas last November 5.

He said he would not be stepping away from the ring again anytime soon.

 

Photo Courtesy: Dane Alegana/Flickr

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