Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao rematch hopes reignited
A rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could be back on after both fighters posted updates on training simultaneously.
The pair of boxing legends have been coy on a second meeting recently. Although Pacquiao has already stated the fight was on before Christmas.
At the time, the Filipino Senator said: “There is a big possibility (we can fight again) because Floyd is coming back into boxing.
“I am fighting in January, so a big possibility after that we will discuss a re-match.
“My thinking is to have a re-match and to make a clear decision on who will win the fight. In the last fight that we had, it wasn’t clear who won the fight because he didn’t throw a lot of punches and he won the fight.
“I had a shoulder injury…but this time, if this re-match happens there are no excuses, no alibis.”
Even Showtime exec Stephen Espinoza was expecting movement on a return clash.
“Floyd Mayweather is very serious about the fight,” said Espinoza back in December. “From everything I’ve seen and heard Manny Pacquiao is serious about it as well.
“I do think we will be seeing the rematch, Mayweather vs Pacquiao.
“2019 sounds perfect (for the fight), then we go at Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2 right away.”
Just as hope seemed to be lost, Mayweather headed back to the gym. At the same time, Pacquiao also posted a clip of him going through the motions.
Fans may well get excited again for ‘MayPac 2’. The encounter would certainly be the biggest event of 2019 should the contest make it over the line.
A Las Vegas battle, with Pacquiao in full effect following his previous shoulder problem, is now firmly on the cards.
WBN previous speculated the fight was dead as Mayweather refused to acknowledge Pacquiao’s desire. Mayweather also stated he was fighting an exhibition or five in the coming months.
The five-weight world champion last entered a ring on New Year’s Eve when defeating kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a round.
Heading back to Japan remains a distinct possibility for the ‘Money’ Man, but could be in a warm-up capacity for the ‘Pacman’ PPV bout to come.