PACMAN-MAYWEATHER REMATCH IN JULY?
HOLLYWOOD — Like it or not, the sequel to the mega-rich, mega-unsatisfactory fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is fast taking shape.
Sources privy to the rematch said on Sunday that all parties are on board for a July date either in Russia or London. But, of course, Las Vegas is still not out of the question.
Mayweather, the super wealthy, unbeaten champion now enjoying his retirement, is scheduled to visit Manila once again after the fight, according to the same sources.
The flamboyant American fighter and promoter is expected to be at ringside when Pacquiao stakes his WBA welterweight crown against Adrien Broner on Saturday (Sunday morning in Manila) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
That would be at least the third time they meet since bumping into each other last September in Japan where Mayweather, in an Instagram caption, said he will face the Pacquiao that December.
But it fell through and Pacquiao signed up with Premier Boxing Champion which is in alliance with Mayweather. His first opponent for the outfit: A 29-year-old former champ who is also
sometimes called “Mayweather-lite.”
“There’s got to be a reason why Floyd has been on TV, he wants the world to know he’s still there,” said Pacquiao’s consultant Freddie Roach on Saturday.
Pacquiao and Mayweather also met last Tuesday during an NBA match between the LA Clippers and then Charlotte Hornets that
featured Filipino Heritage.
But Pacquiao remained mum and said “it was not planned. It was just coincidence. We just happened to be at the same place at the same time.”
Mayweather has since fought 19-year-old mixed martial arts fighter Tenshin Nasukawa in a cartoonish exhibition match last New Year’s Eve expectedly won by the
Pacquiao and Mayweather clashed in 2015 with the Filipino legend — secretly suffering an injured shoulder — found it very difficult to chase the slippery counterpunching champion.
That match has set a record as the richest ever for the sport of boxing with a reported revenue of $600 million.