Manny Pacquiao continuing to remain retired indicates that Floyd Mayweather is on his mind.
Pacquiao moves closer to a second fight with Mayweather the longer he stays out of competitive action.
Mayweather would not be willing to face Pacquiao if he actively fought professionally after being out for five years during his retirement.
Therefore, “Pacman” is fully aware another year in the wilderness leads to Mayweather next year.
All Pacquiao has to do is refrain from making any expected comeback to the ring following his presidency bid.
A battle with Yordenies Ugas Las Vegas turned out to be his last in August 2021. However, many believe another fight is in the pipeline.
Pacquiao has kept his cards close to his chest regarding the possibility of returning. He’s been coy when it comes to the subject.
Two years out of the ring failed to dissuade the “Pacman’ from losing focus on his political career. All-in-all, Pacquiao has now fought just twice in four years.
This fact will appeal to Mayweather. Mayweather will almost certainly come calling for Pacquiao by 2023.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2
Focusing on exhibitions, Mayweather would have a massive offer in the pipeline for Pacquiao if his days in the paid ranks are over.
Earning massive amounts for bouts that come with far fewer dangers, Floyd Mayweather will have the possibility of over two million Pay Per View sales to call on when enticing Pacquiao.
Discussing his possible retirement before the Ugas fight, Pacquiao said: “I never imagined being at this point now, when I started my career.
“Especially to be here now and still fighting the best. It’s truly a gift that I’ve received.
“It’s been two years since I’ve been in the ring, and it was good for me to have that rest.
“It helped my body and my mind a lot. This time, I’m as excited as ever and feel like I’m young again.
“My family supports me because they know I want to fight and bring honor to my country. At the same time, I’m also here to show myself that I can still do it at 42 years old [now 43].
“This could be my last fight, or there could be more. Like I’ve always said, it’s one at a time. After the fight, I’ll talk about the plan and see if there’s another fight coming.”
On what drives him to continue, Pacquiao added: “I’m happy to have been doing this for so long with the same coaching staff.
“I know that they’re happy with my preparations for this fight. The fire in training is still there. It’s the same as it’s been these last 15 years.
“I know my career will not last forever. That’s why I’m starting to help the young fighters who want to follow in my footsteps. It’s very important to me at this point in my career.”
In the exhibition stakes, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao 2 would be a solid consolation prize for the Filipino great.