Manny Pacquiao has stated his basketball meeting with old rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently was merely a coincidence.
The 40 year-old legend, as he did before their original 2015 clash, greeted Mayweather as the pair enjoyed courtside seats at an NBA game.
An expected media frenzy ensued, although the ‘Pacman’ was coy when quizzed on potential talks over a rematch.
“Surprisingly, I didn’t know that he was there at the game,” Pacquiao claimed. “I was invited on that Filipino Heritage Night (???? LA Clippers) at the Clippers’ game.
“I didn’t know that he was there and then when they were throwing t-shirts to the crowds I saw him. And then I just say, ‘Hello’ – that’s it.”
On continued media speculation over a second bout, Pacquiao added: “You cannot avoid the people that will ask if there’s a rematch with Floyd Mayweather because I think they have a big question mark in their mind. Also in their heart about that what happened in that fight.”
Gearing up to battle Adrien Broner in Las Vegas this week, the Filipino Senator has only one focus – for now.
“I’m just answering them that I don’t have a plan yet. I’m very focused on this fight January 19 against Adrien Broner.
“Broner is a former champion and he’s the kind of fighter that you cannot underestimate or take him lightly.
“I think after this fight it’s easy to talk about my next opponent. That’s very easy but right now my plan is one at a time, because – as they said – I am 40 years old.
“I’m focused for this fight against Adrien Broner. One at a time. After the fight on January 19 that night then we can talk about my next fight,” he concluded.
PACQUIAO VS. BRONER
Pacquiao vs. Broner is headlined by Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is boxing’s only eight-division world champion.
He is ending his two-year hiatus from a U.S. boxing ring to defend his World Boxing Association Welterweight World Title.
Pacquiao fights against former four-division world champion and must-see attraction Adrien “The Problem” Broner.
The contest happens Saturday, January 19 in the main event of a SHOWTIME PPV® event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Furthermore, the PPV begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. It will feature two-division world champion Badou Jack. The Mayweather fighter battles unbeaten top-rated contender Marcus Browne. The pair duke it out for the WBA Interim Light Heavyweight Title.
Former world champion Rau’shee Warren taking on France’s Nordine Oubaali for the vacant WBC Bantamweight World Championship.
Also, unbeaten WBA Interim Featherweight Champion Jhack Tepora defending against former world champion Hugo Ruiz.