The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By ABAC CORDERO

HOL­LY­WOOD – Manny Pac­quiao said he’s not think­ing of the re­match with Floyd May­weather Jr. un­til he’s done with Adrien Broner.

Well, it’s the peo­ple around Pac­quiao who do.

A source within Team Pac­quiao hinted Sun­day here that May­weather vs Pac­quiao Part 2 might take place this year.

“Floyd likes July,” he told Pi­noy scribes.

“He’s look­ing at Lon­don or Rus­sia as pos­si­ble venue,” said the source, who has ac­cess to key in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing Pac­quiao.

May­weather had gone on and off the record he’s open for a re­match of their block­buster show­down in 2015.

Last Septem­ber, he said he was ready to fight Pac­quiao in De­cem­ber of 2018. In­stead, he fought a Ja­panese kick­boxer on New Year’s Eve in Saitama.

The 41-year-old boxer with a per­fect 50-0 record said no re­match with Pac­quiao was tak­ing place be­cause he’s re­tired.

But the source, who re­quested anonymity, said there had been an un­der­stand­ing be­tween the two leg­ends.

In fact, he said May­weather, who was in Manila last May, is due for a sec­ond visit to the Philip­pines in the com­ing months.

The source said there’s a plan to put up gi­ant bill­boards in Metro Manila to sig­nal the re­match.

“I’m not think­ing about that. My fo­cus is Adrien Broner. Maybe we can dis­cuss af­ter this fight,” Pac­quiao said.

Last Septem­ber, the two su­per­stars bumped into each other dur­ing a rave con­cert in Tokyo. A few nights ago, they met dur­ing an NBA game in Los An­ge­les.

May­weather and Pac­quiao “ac­ci­den­tally” met dur­ing an NBA game in Mi­ami in Jan­uary 2015. Four months af­ter that meet­ing, they fought and made nearly $600 mil­lion.

“Small world,” Pac­quiao was told of the meet­ings.

He smiled, and said, “I don’t know. It just hap­pened. I don’t have any idea who planned or what.”

Pac­quiao’s trainer, Fred­die Roach, is wish­ing for the re­match to take place – soon.

“I hope so be­cause that’s the one fight I want to have. I know we can do bet­ter,” said Roach.

“Hope­fully that hap­pens. If not there are oth­ers out there that are big names also but he’s (May­weather) my first choice,” he said.

They’re drum­ming it up.


Manny Pac­quiao and mem­bers of his train­ing team jog along Bev­erly Blvd. in Los An­ge­les Thurs­day morn­ing.

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