What made the first Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather fight intriguing was their difference in style. A seemingly unstoppable force from the pacific, attacking a warrior that has constantly proved himself impervious to all sorts of pressure.
Will he crack eventually? Will the pacific storm mellow? These are just among the few questions that fans asked themselves leading to Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather, that turned out a major flop largely due to Pacman’s shoulder injury.
Could the fight have turned out as exciting as initially thought had Manny Pacquiao fought in perfect shape?
Manny Pacquiao is now finalizing his training for his match against Jessie Vargas on November 5th. It is his first fight since his short-lived retirement, after beating Timothy Bradley.
According to a report by the LA Times, Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president of the CBS-owned premium cable network Showtime, acknowledged that he’s aware of the interest in “how Manny Pacquiao will perform on the heels of his impressive unanimous decision triumph over Tim Bradley in April.”
Freddie Roach wants that Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather rematch believes Pacman can do so much better if he’s healthy, and Pacquiao himself openly welcomed the idea of the bout.
Leslie Moonves, chief executive of CBS told Roach, “Let’s do it again,” and maintains that Floyd Mayweather can be “delivered.”
But first of all, Manny Pacquiao needs to show that he can turn back the clock against Jessie Vargas. He needs not only to win but also to win big. He needs to make the idea compelling to start the engines for Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather 2 rolling.
Is Floyd up to it? After all, it takes two to tango.
“Floyd’s been as consistent as he’s ever been. He says he enjoys retirement and promoting and won’t engage with us, even in a joking way, about coming back,” Espinoza said. “So I’m not sure how to get the ball rolling in regard to getting him back in the ring, but I’m not going to give up,” Espinoza said in a report from Boxing Scene.
“If there’s a rematch, that’d be OK,” Manny Pacquiao said. “It’s so important to show my career is not over yet, that I’m still here – my strength, my quickness, my speed. It’s still there. God gave me this gift of talent and that’s what I’m trying to show to all.”
Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao refused to make specific commitments regarding his future fights, taking into consideration his work as a Philippine Senator, and having to manage his heavy schedule with his businesses, foundation, family and training.
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