Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao rematch moves closer to reality
Las Vegas looks set to stage a huge welterweight title rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in the fall of 2019.
Following weeks of speculation and red herrings by both fighters, the fight will happen if Pacquiao comes through Adrien Broner on Saturday night.
The T-Mobile Arena just off the world famous Las Vegas strip is favorite to host. With the scene of the first fight, the MGM Grand across the street said to be an alternative if needed.
Mayweather is heading ringside to make a public appearance at the Pacquiao v Broner bout. It’s thought the former pound for pound king will go head-to-head with Pacquiao inside the ropes if the Filipino Senator can see off ‘The Problem’.
Their first meeting ended disappointingly in 2015. Pacquaio said a shoulder injury made it impossible for him to compete to one hundred percent capacity.
Fans were annoyed at paying almost $100, although the savvy businessman Mayweather is, he knew the passage of time would heal those wounds.
With Pacquiao back on form, Mayweather dusted off the cobwebs in an exhibition last month.
Broner is now the only thing standing in the way of another nine-figure check for the ‘Money’ Man.
The venue is not in question, although a date of September has been prediction by one prominent member of the boxing community.
Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn sees the fight going down in the autumn.
“I see him winning and then they’ll announce the Floyd Mayweather fight for September in the ring on Saturday night,” Hearn told talkSPORT.
Giving his prediction for the fight, Hearn said: “Pacquiao points, wide. I don’t see Broner as the guys that’s gonna force the action.
“I think Pacquiao’s going to be in and out, nicking rounds.”
Mayweather v Pacquiao 2 may not be able to reach the lucrative heights of the initial contest. ‘MayPac’ sold 4.6m buys around the world and remains the biggest seller of all time.
To make that much cash for one event, it wouldn’t make sense not to have a sequel. Like a blockbuster movie, there would certainly be a part two with that sought of pulling power.
But let’s just hope this time around, the second installment is better than the first.