Talks about a Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather rematch sounds premature at this point, but signs point to a sequel taking place on May 7, 2016.
The venue? The soon-to-be-completed MGM-AEG Arena right in the heart of Las Vegas with 20,000 fans in attendance.
The arena is set to open in April and construction is in full swing with people behind it even taking the media on a tour of the facility on the eve of the May 2 Pacquiao-Mayweather super fight that was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Even Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum acknowledged that the new arena could indeed play host to a Pacquiao fight next year when interviewed before the fight.
Last week, a story in the New York Post said that talks have reportedly started for a proposed second meeting but Arum dismissed it.
Even Pacquiao’s camp denied the report although Mike Koncz, the fighter’s Canadian adviser, admitted Pacquiao headlining the arena’s inaugural event looks very enticing.
Pacquiao lost a unanimous decision to Mayweather but it was later found out that the Filipino icon fought with just one good arm—his left—after he reinjured his right shoulder (torn rotator cuff) in the fourth round.
Pacquiao, 36, had suffered the injury in early-April during an intense sparring session at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.
“Manny’s main concern right now is for the injury to heal,” said Koncz.
Even Pacquiao says boxing is not in his mind these days, adding his focus is his congressional duties as well as his family obligations while he wait for the injury to fully heal.
Doctors say Pacquiao will be out for the rest of the year.
Mayweather is set to return to the ring on September 12 against a handpicked opponent and is expected to run his unbeaten record to 49-0, matching the legendary ledger of Rocky Marciano.
With the promise of big bucks on the horizon, Mayweather might reconsider and grant Pacquiao a rematch.
Their first fight was a massive success with 4.4 million buys on pay-per-view and a staggering gate receipt of $72 million.
Just like in the movies, it certainly needs a part two.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks