Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision on May 2’s superfight. However, millions of sports fan who anticipated the event for years were not satisfied and unconvinced with Mayweather’s defensive victory. Following the match are the fans wanting for more, asking for ‘Mayweather vs. Pacquiao’ part 2. Speculations suggest that both parties are already negotiating for a rematch that could potentially happen next year.
Manny Pacquiao, who recently picked up the WBO welterweight title off of the ‘Top Rank Fighter’ Jessie Vargas, posted a photo of himself on Instagram on Sunday showing him with a jacket with both his and Mayweather’s photos on the inside of the jacket. And this triggers those who really want the rematch to happen.
Mayweather had retired after his match with Pacquiao on 2015. If the rematch is to happen, he needs to get out of the retirement. But the former pound-for-pound champion told ESNews : “If I do fight, it’s only against Conor McGregor … not against nobody else,”
Pacquaio, with all his political responsibilities as a Philippine Senate, has to find a time slot where he would be able to train and get ready for the fight. The best possible time could be somewhere in April-May 2017 according to International Business Times.
However, in Pacquiao’s recent fight with Vargas, Mayweather was seen in the audience. Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s coach believes that the two boxers private met in the hotel later to talk about the possible rematch.
“Mayweather came to the fight, and I heard they met later on in his (Pacquiao’s) room. Hopefully, they worked it out that we can fight one more time. Now, if we’re going to fight, it looks like Manny has a break in session in April and May. So that means in the month of April I’m heading to the Philippines until he’s out of session. So we’ll have a fight in May if everything works out correctly,” The Philippine Star quoted Roach as saying.
On top of that, Richard Johnson of Page Six reported May 13 that the two best welterweight boxers of their generation are already gearing up to square off again—even if everyone involved denies it in public.
“It’s already being negotiated,” said a source to Johnson. “The fight will be the first event at the under-construction MGM–AEG Arena set to open next year.”
If the rematch is real to happen, Pacquiao having witnessed Mayweather’s solid approach needs to come up with his new plan to beat up his American opponent. His promoter Bob Arum believes the Filipino would beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. if the two were to step into the ring for a rematch.
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