Exclusive: Mayweather v Pacquiao is yesterday’s news, public won’t get fooled again – GGG trainer
Abel Sanchez, respected trainer of top fighters Gennady Golovkin, Murat Gassiev and others, believes a rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is not high on the public’s agenda.
Despite reports Mayweather and Pacquiao could meet again in 2017, Sanchez says the way the first fight panned out in 2015 has put the demand for a second at a low ebb.
The two best fighters of this generation went through twelve highly uneventful rounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas first time around and would make significantly less money if they decided to trade blows again.
“I don’t think Mayweather v Pacquiao II is a fight the public will get fooled with again,” Sanchez exclusively told World Boxing News.
“The cost for the first one was too much and the organizers, along with Mayweather’s ego, will not let them charge less than $99 for the pay-per-view, so I see it as yesterday’s news.”
‘MayPac’ saw the two fighters split $400 million at around 60-40 in Mayweather’s favour, and although a rejuvenated Pacquiao has looked impressive since undergoing surgery to correct a shoulder problem he suffered prior to the first fight, Sanchez doesn’t believe that will be enough to convince the paying public.
“If they do fight again It will be different, but not enough to pull the wool over the eyes of the paying public,” he predicted before being asked who Mayweather or Pacquiao could face in order to regain the trust of the punters.
“Whether it’s Golovkin or somebody else, it has to be someone the public are willing to pay for,” added Sanchez.
Since rumours of ‘MayPac 2’ reached fever pitch following a ringside appearance at Pacquiao’s recent win over Jessie Vargas, Mayweather has cooled on the idea of a return leaving considerable doubts that he could sign to fight the Filipino Senator next year.