Pac­quiao has un­fin­ished busi­ness against May­weather

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

FLOYD May­weather ac­cepted an in­vite to watch Filipino icon Manny Pac­quiao’s WBO ti­tle fight on Novem­ber 5, leav­ing many won­der­ing if a re­quest to step back in the ring would be next.

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

Pac­quiao said on Novem­ber 6 that he is ea­ger to avenge his 2015 loss to May­weather and he doesn’t ex­pect con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions would be nearly as ac­ri­mo­nious as they were for the first fight, which was ul­ti­mately 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 on Novem­ber 5 and even showed his power with a sec­ond-round 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.

“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 to­day. “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 never puts all his cards on the ta­ble.

On Novem­ber 5, he fought like a boxer who didn’t want to spoil a good thing, as the 37-year-old’s come­back from a brief re­tire­ment could have eas­ily been de­railed by care­lessly get­ting caught by a punch from the big­ger and heav­ier Var­gas.

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.

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.

But May­weather’s ring­side ap­pear­ance has stirred talk of a Pac­quiao-May­weather Round 2.

May­weather did not speak to re­porters af­ter the fight, and has shown no signs of want­ing to come out of re­tire­ment him­self.

“Floyd May­weather is re­tired. As far as we’re con­cerned he’s re­tired and we re­spect that,” Pac­quiao’s pro­moter Bob Arum said on Novem­ber 5.

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 on Novem­ber 6 that he ex­changed texts with Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte. –

Photo: AFP

Manny Pac­quiao throws a right to the head of Jessie Var­gas dur­ing their WBO wel­ter­weight cham­pi­onship fight on Novem­ber 5 in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada.

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