Arum: No rematch provision for Mayweather v Pacquiao
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has informed World Boxing News that the recently announced clash between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao has no return stipulation whatever the outcome on May 2 in Las Vegas.
WBC and WBA welterweight champion Mayweather, 37, produced a signed document featuring Arum’s name on Friday confirming the he had signed on to face arch-nemesis and WBO title holder Pacquiao in a spring extravaganza at the MGM Grand. Suggestions had been made that Mayweather would want to include a clause in that contract to allow him to take up an option of facing the Filipino Congressman immediately, although Arum assured WBN that this was not the case.
“There is no rematch provision for the Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao fight,” Arum told World Boxing News on Saturday, before agreeing to an interview scheduled for next week.
As business-savvy as Mayweather is, the ‘Money’ man will be wise to the fact that he is already in full control of all aspects of any future Pacquiao negotiations and will be able to call for another helping with the ‘Pacman’ should his heart so desire.
The bumper payday’s both are set to pocket from finally facing each other would mean another fan-friendly pay-per-view encounter would be no-brainer barring a one-sided or boring points win by either fighter and could see Mayweather see out his contract with Showtime against his fiercest rival again in September.