Manny Pacquiao looked impressive on Saturday when he defeated Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision with Floyd Mayweather Jr. watching from ringside. In a recent interview, Pacquiao said that a rematch with “Money” will happen as long as the fans want it to happen.
“If the rematch happens, I want to make sure the fans love it. I will give all I can to give my best to the fans,” Pacquiao told the Los Angeles Times.
The talk of a Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch was ignited on Saturday night when the undefeated boxer was spotted at ringside. The 39-year-old retired boxer watched “Pacman” defeat Vargas and win the WBO welterweight championship.
Pacquiao won via an 115-113, 118-109, 118-109 unanimous decision to become the first-ever senator in history to become a boxing world champion. He took down the younger Vargas in the second round before taking over the fight in the seventh round onwards.
Mayweather surprised fans in attendance at the Thomas and Mack Centre in his hometown by attending Pacquiao’s fight. He arrived late in the card and left early without saying a word, possibly to gauge the interest in a possible rematch.
It should be noted that Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought less than two years ago in Las Vegas. It was one of the richest fights in the history of boxing but it was heavily panned by fans due to Mayweather’s defensive tactics and Pacquiao fighting with a bad shoulder.
According to Martin Rogers of USA Today, a rematch between Pacquiao and Mayweather will be hard to sell at the moment. But he noted that the dominant performance by “Pacman” and “Money” showing up for it is a great way to start creating buzz for a second “Fight of the Century.”
“All it takes is a fresh and catchy slogan, a solid performance from Pacquiao (check), and some imaginative promoting – like, say, Mayweather turning up at ringside – for the buzz to start whirring again,” Rogers opined.
Manny Pacquiao will be 38 years old at the end of the year while Floyd Mayweather is still retired and turning 40 years old in February. Time is ticking for a possible rematch but the right amount of interest and a ridiculous amount of money is enough to make it possible.
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