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Canelo, McGregor rematch offers add to Mayweather’s Pacquiao option

World Boxing News 02/10/2018

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Floyd Mayweather, as usual, is a man in demand. Recent developments mean the former pound for pound king now has THREE return offers to consider.

Talks have been ongoing with Manny Pacquiao over a rematch for the last two weeks, with a date at the end of December looking increasingly unlikely.

Already over the past 48 hours, Mayweather has received public offers from two of his main rivals.

First of all, 2013 opponent Canelo Alvarez wants a second chance, as explained by Golden Boy supremo Eric Gomez.

“We would love to do a rematch,” Gomez told The Ring. “Floyd is retired and we respect that, but if he comes back.

“He’s talked about Pacquiao, that’s up in the air, but if Floyd wants a rematch with Canelo, no problem!

“Would Canelo win the rematch? Well, he’s a different animal now. He’s not that kid that fought Floyd as he’s a fully-fledged man!”

Added to that, UFC superstar Conor McGregor is eyeing revenge for his one and only loss in the boxing ring last year.

“I’m certainly considering a few options,” McGregor told ESPN. “Of course then there’s boxing ventures. I’m very excited about that.

“If (Floyd Mayweather) has the bottle to come over and deal with this, like he said he has, let’s see what happens.

“I would also like to box him again. Everything is being discussed.

“Every rule set. If it’s not an MMA bout, then I don’t want to know. It’s either a straight MMA bout or a straight boxing bout.

“If they come looking for modified rules, I would rather just box the kid again.

“If you don’t want to deal with it, then don’t deal with it and stop going on like you’re doing,” he added.

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Of course, it’s entirely possible that Mayweather is just teasing the fans regarding a comeback. It’s happened many times before in the past.

Given his advancing age and lack of gym time over the past two years, it would take an extensive and intense camp to whip Mayweather into the kind of shape he needs to be for Canelo.

Pacquiao, on the other hand, would be a different story due to their respective ages and would be an intriguing fight to a lot of eager ‘Pacman’ supporters.

Interest in the fight, even if half of what it was in 2015, would be astronomical in the Philippines alone and could still net both men eight and nine-figure paychecks.

The next move is Mayweather’s.

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