Pac­quiao’s un­fin­ished May­weather busi­ness

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LAS VE­GAS — Floyd May­weather ac­cepted an in­vite to watch Filipino icon Manny Pac­quiao’s WBO ti­tle fight on Satur­day, leav­ing many won­der­ing if a re­quest to step back in the ring would be next.

May­weather had a front row seat at the Thomas & Mack Cen­ter to watch Pac­quiao eas­ily beat for­mer cham­pion Jessie Var­gas with a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion vic­tory.

Pac­quiao said on Sun­day that he is ea­ger to avenge his 2015 loss to May­weather and he doesn’t feel the con­tract negotiations would be nearly as ac­ri­mo­nious as they were for the first fight, which be­came the rich­est in box­ing his­tory.

“Not only for my­self, but the fans of box­ing want the re­match then why not?” Pac­quiao told a group of re­porters at his lux­ury suite at the Wynn ho­tel and casino. “We can eas­ily talk about that it is not a prob­lem.

“Be­cause we now have di­rect con­tact to them it would be eas­ier to talk about when there will be a re­match.”

Pac­quiao looked im­pres­sive Satur­day and even showed his power with a sec­on­dround knock­down as he re­claimed the WBO wel­ter­weight ti­tle — the same belt he lost to May­weather.

Pac­quiao made sure the re­tired May­weather was there to wit­ness him win it back on Satur­day night. Pac­quiao said he found out on Fri­day that May­weather would be at­tend­ing the fight.

“I met with his man­ager I told him I would in­vite Floyd and they said OK,” Pac­quiao said.

There are no talks sched­uled be­tween the two and Pac­quiao has no idea whether he can en­tice May­weather to come out of re­tire­ment in 2017.

“We don’t have any dis­cus­sions as for now,” said Pac­quiao who will fly back to the Philip­pines so he can be there when the Se­nate re­opens on Tues­day.

“It is not in my mind right now for the next fight.

“I want to go back to the Philip­pines and work at my next job,” the first-year Se­na­tor said.

Even when he has some­thing to say, Pac­quiao will never put all his cards on the ta­ble.

Satur­day he fought like a boxer who didn’t want to spoil a good thing as his come­back from a brief re­tire­ment could have eas­ily been de­railed by a care­lessly get­ting caught by a punch from the big­ger and heav­ier Var­gas.

But May­weather’s ap­pear­ance at ring­side Satur­day has stirred talk of a Pac­quiaoMay­weather 2.

May­weather did not speak to re­porters af­ter Satur­day’s fight and has shown no signs of want­ing to come out of re­tire­ment.

Pac­quiao’s last two vic­to­ries have been im­pres­sive, show­ing that he has re­cov­ered from the shoul­der in­jury which ham­pered him in his fight against May­weather in May 2015.

Some­thing to prove “I be­lieve if there is a re­match, or if it hap­pens, I want to make sure the fans will love it and I will give ev­ery­thing to get back their trust,” said Pac­quiao.

Asked why he didn’t call off the May­weather fight be­cause of his shoul­der in­jury, Pac­quiao said he didn’t think be­fore the fight that the shoul­der would be a prob­lem.

“I have no re­grets be­cause I felt good one week be­fore the fight. In that kind of fight I hurt my shoul­der,” he said.

Pac­quiao’s pro­moter Bob Arum said Satur­day he doesn’t know if he can en­tice May­weather to fight again.

“Floyd May­weather is re­tired. As far as we’re con­cerned he’s re­tired and we re­spect that,” Arum said.

But Var­gas spoke for many when he ex­pressed an in­ter­est in see­ing Pac­quiao and May­weather go at it again.

“Of course,” Var­gas said. “I wouldn’t mind see­ing it again. We are still very in­ter­ested in see­ing what could hap­pen again.”

As with pre­vi­ous Pac­quiao fights, the Var­gas match was watched by mil­lions in the Philip­pines and broad­cast on large screens in pub­lic plazas and malls.

Pac­quiao said Sun­day that he ex­changed texts with Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

“I mes­saged him thank­ing him for his sup­port. In Philip­pines we don’t call peo­ple we mes­sage a lot,” Pac­quiao said.

Pac­quiao needed nine stitches on the top of his head be­cause of a cut from a head butt in the fi­nal round against Var­gas.

“When I threw an up­per­cut he threw a right hand and we banged our heads.” — AFP

Manny Pac­quiao cel­e­brates af­ter his WBO unan­i­mous-de­ci­sion wel­ter­weight vic­tory over Jessie Var­gas in Las Ve­gas, ne­vada, on Satur­day.

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