Pac­quiao, May­weather re­match this year

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For­mer world wel­ter­weight cham­pion Floyd May­weather said Satur­day he will face Manny Pac­quiao later this year in a re­match of their 2015 su­per­fight.

In a post­ing on In­sta­gram, May­weather said he will come out of re­tire­ment to fight Pac­quiao, three years af­ter scor­ing a com­fort­able points vic­tory over the vet­eran Filipino.

“I'm com­ing back to fight Manny Pac­quiao this year an­other 9 fig­ure pay day on the way,” May­weather wrote on In­sta­gram. No fur­ther de­tails were given.

A video ac­com­pa­ny­ing the post showed May­weather and Pac­quiao talk­ing to each other at an event but their ex­act ex­change of words could not be heard clearly.

May­weather earned an es­ti­mated $220 mil­lion from his first fight with Pac­quiao, which fi­nally took place af­ter years of on-off ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Pac­quiao earned around $100 mil­lion from the con­test.

May­weather re­tired later in 2015 af­ter his 49th vic­tory but re­turned to the ring last year for a lu­cra­tive vic­tory over mixed mar­tial arts star Conor McGre­gor.

The 41-year-old's an­nounce­ment on Satur­day comes as Las Ve­gas pre­pared to stage the big­gest fight of the year, the mid­dleweight show­down be­tween Gen­nady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Al­varez.

While May­weather's remarks on Satur­day are the lat­est in a long line of mis­chievous so­cial me­dia post­ings hint­ing at a come­back. Spec­u­la­tion about a re­match with Pac­quiao has rum­bled for years.

Pac­quiao, who claimed to have been ham­pered by an in­jured shoul­der in his first fight with May­weather, has long talked en­thu­si­as­ti­cally about a re­match.

“May­weather? If he de­cides to go back to box­ing then that is the time we are go­ing to call the shots,” he said in July.

“I have the belt, so it's up to him. If he wants to come back in box­ing let's do a sec­ond one.”

Pac­quiao (60-7-2, 39 knock­outs) made a re­turn to the ring in July af­ter a one-year ab­sence, de­feat­ing Ar­gentina's Lu­cas Matthysse in the sev­enth round in Kuala Lumpur.

Floyd May­weather made an an­nounce­ment that he’ll be re­turn­ing to the box­ing ring to take on Manny Pac­quiao in a re­match.

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