In his brief encounter with Floyd Mayweather in Tokyo on Saturday night. There was one thing (his belt) the brash American fighter kept on saying that convinced Manny Pacquiao a rematch is in the offing.
First of all, in a video call held while Pacquiao was having dinner with wife Jinkee and select members of his team. The 39-year-old Filipino star kept on repeating what Mayweather incessantly told him.
“I want to take that belt. I want to take that belt,” Pacquiao told the Manila Bulletin quoting Mayweather as he feasted on a sumptuous spread of Japanese favorites.
Pacquiao holds the World Boxing Association welterweight title belt after he had stopped Lucas Matthysse of Argentina last July in Malaysia.
Though contracts have yet to be signed, Mayweather came out on social media minutes after their chance encounter during a concert. ‘Money’ declared he and Pacquiao are destined to fight each other again.
Mayweather said he is coming out of retirement in December, a date that Pacquiao had already booked.
“Everything has a purpose,” Pacquiao said just before the clock struck 12 midnight of Saturday.
Pacquiao had dropped a decision to Mayweather when they rumbled in May 2015 in Las Vegas.
But Pacquiao claimed that he fought with an injured right shoulder, something Mayweather took as an excuse for Pacquiao’s failure to figure him out.
Pacquiao is in Japan for an endorsement gig. Joining him there aside from Jinkee are two-time world champ Gerry Penalosa, staffers Joe Ramos and Roger Fernandez.
Mayweather, 41, hasn’t fought since overwhelming MMA star Conor McGregor in August last year.
The holder of a 50-0 record, Mayweather is a five-division world champion. His clash with Pacquiao over three years ago earned 4.6 million PPV buys.
Even if their proposed second meeting rakes in half of 4.5 million, it would still be a box-office success.
Pacquiao and Mayweather ‘accidentally’ met and the unbeaten US boxing star teased his Filipino rival about a rematch in December.
“I am coming back in December,” shouted Mayweather, who had beaten Pacquiao on points in May 2015 in Las Vegas.
Mayweather was seen in a video provided by US boxing man Sean Gibbons. He represents world champion Jerwin Ancajas and three-division titlist Donnie Nietes.
In the clip, Mayweather was heard saying that he is interested in doing it one more time with Pacquiao.
Pacquiao is in Tokyo with wife Jinkee because a few members of his inner circle were there for an endorsement gig.
With Mayweather expressing his desire to face Pacquiao, it could complicate matters in the coming days as Amir Khan of England is angling to meet Pacquiao.
Pacquiao sent Argentine Lucas Matthysse into retirement with a seventh-round stoppage last July in Kuala Lumpur.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco, Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks