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Manny Pacquiao calls out Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

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The world knows that Manny Pacquiao wants a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. as a recent post on Twitter by the Filipino boxer seems to call out the retired American fighter.

Last November 13, Manny Pacquiao posted an image on Twitter that generated buzz among fight fans as it seems that the eight-division world champion is calling out Mayweather in a boxing rematch. In the said post, it shows Pacquiao showing off an impressive sport coat that had images of him and Mayweather on each side.

That’s quite the pugnacious lining, as it shows an image of the current WBO Welterweight champion throwing a punch at Mayweather. Will it provoke the former American world champion to come out of retirement?

The two professional boxers already had a match last 2015, dubbed Fight of the Century, which appeared that Pacquiao couldn’t hurt Mayweather, and was widely jeered as a massive and expensive disappointment. The Filipino boxer, however, has claimed that he was hindered by a shoulder injury sustained during training that subsequently required surgery.

Mayweather, meanwhile, had insisted that his bout with Andre Berto last September 2015, which he won and ran his record to 49-0, was the final fight of his career, but he has hinted recently at getting back into the ring, possibly against UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

The American boxer apparently would only come out of retirement for an astronomical price, but a rematch with Pacquiao could also offer just that, even if it will not be the same record-shattering revenue their first match generated, according to the Washington Post.

Mayweather sparked rematch rumors with Pacquiao by showing up for the latter’s latest fight, which showed a convincing victory over former welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas  last November 5. Many people noted that Mayweather, who was invited to the bout by Pacquiao, rarely attends boxing matches that aren’t promoted by his own company.

After that fight, Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, said to ESPN, “I give it 75 percent,” when he was asked about the chances of a rematch. Arum said that the American boxer’s attendance does not mean that a rematch will happen although if it does happen, it will be easier to make as there are “no more animosity between the camps.”

Pacquiao also shared his thoughts of a second fight with Mayweather, “If the rematch happens, I want to make sure the fans love it,” he said via ESPN’s Dan Rafael. “I will give it all I could just to get back the trust of the fans.”

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