Manny Pacquiao is unsure of his next move amid Floyd Mayweather’s claims over $200 million in earnings pointed to a Mayweather vs Pacquiao rematch.
The Philippines hero is back in action this December when he faces combat YouTuber DK Yoo in an exhibition. Beyond that, who knows?
Mayweather vs Pacquiao
According to Mayweather, he is on the cusp of securing three fights, one of which could be a real contest. However, that cannot be Pacquiao this year as his next outing is Yoo and nothing else.
Therefore, if Pacquiao and Mayweather are to make only the kind of money they can, it would have to happen in 2023.
“I’ve got three more exhibitions this year. It could be one fight and two exhibitions. It’s at least $200million,” Mayweather told FightHype.
Trainer Buboy Fernandez believes Pacquiao competing in the ring has become even more critical for their country.
“Especially now that we don’t have a world champion),” Fernandez said at the press conference. “This exhibition bout is no joke because they will fight without headgear, unlike other exhibitions.
“[As] not only his best friend but his trainer, I need to support him. To make sure that he is in condition,” he added.
Asked if another fight will happen, possibly against Mayweather, Buboy responded: “We cannot say, but it’s possible.
“We can’t really say for good because, in the end, it’s up to him. It’s still different when it’s Manny Pacquiao who’s fighting.”
Meanwhile, Pacquiao has venured into the restaurant business after teaming up with Jefferson Cayetano Catimbang of Maharlika Pilipinas Restaurant.
“Pacman” will help bring Filipino food to a broader audience.
“Senator [no longer Senator after losing the Presidential election] Pacquiao believes in our vision and mission.
“We would like to enhance people’s lives and simultaneously bring Filipino cuisine to the international market,” Cayetano told Manila Standard.
“We also aim to become a sort of tourist destination.”
Pay Per View power
Pacquiao has a lot of fingers in many pies at the moment. But as World Boxing News first reported, making two million Pay Per View sales against Mayweather, whether exhibition or not, remains high on the agenda.
It’s the only fight out there that both could break the 1.5m exhibition sale record of Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones. Those projections come from selling five million PPVs worldwide seven years ago.
All roads seem to be pointing to another installment of Mayweather vs Pacquiao in 2023.