EXCLUSIVE: Mayweather vs Pacquiao is yesterday’s news – 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 the first time around. They 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. Along with Mayweather’s ego, the organizers 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 favor. Although a rejuvenated Pacquiao has looked impressive since undergoing surgery to correct a shoulder problem he suffered before 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 regaining 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 rumors 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.
For that reason, there are considerable doubts that he could sign to fight the Filipino Senator again next year.