Money, Pac­man en­core on cards

May­weather’s ring­side pres­ence at a Pac­quiao bout and pro­moter’s big talk ig­nite re­match ru­mour

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

Will the power of the dol­lar prise Floyd “Money” May­weather out of re­tire­ment to con­sider a re­match with his archri­val, Manny “Pac­man” Pac­quiao? May­weather claimed a unan­i­mous points vic­tory to add the World Boxing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WBO) wel­ter­weight belt to his ti­tle col­lec­tion when the pair fought at the MGM Grand Gar­den Arena in May last year.

He hung up gloves three months ago with an un­blem­ished 49-0 record af­ter beat­ing An­dre Berto at the same venue. Money quit af­ter match­ing erst­while heavy­weight king Rocky Mar­ciano’s en­vi­able CV.

But Pac­quiao’s unan­i­mous points vic­tory over Jessie Var­gas to win the WBO di­a­dem at Thomas & Mack Cen­tre in Las Ve­gas last Satur­day seems to have jolted Money into con­sid­er­ing an en­core with his Filipino archri­val. He was at ring­side dur­ing the fight. Top pro­moter Bob Arum told Mail On­line this week that Pac­man’s po­ten­tial match-up with Money was “75%” cer­tain to hap­pen.

The Amer­i­can im­pre­sario, who looks af­ter Pac­quiao’s in­ter­ests, has added fuel to the fire by say­ing a re­turn bout is prob­a­ble, de­spite ad­mit­ting that he is yet to speak to Money’s camp.

“I give it 75%. Do I know it’s gonna hap­pen? Do I know if Floyd wants the fight? No,” Arum said.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see if the duo will do it for the sec­ond time. But with more dol­lars likely to be poured into the fight, boxing fans could be in for an­other mega bout.

The two box­ers’ first meet­ing took five years to ar­range be­fore they fi­nally met in the square jun­gle.

PHOTO: USA TO­DAY SPORTS

CLOSE Manny Pac­quiao throws a left hook at Floyd May­weather UNPERTURBED Sha­radene ‘Shinzo’ For­tuin

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