Is a Floyd Mayweather rematch in play if Manny Pacquiao wins Saturday?
With a new, 20,000-seat arena open on the Strip, and Manny Pacquiao capable of an impressive victory Saturday that could ignite talks of a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr., would the unbeaten retired fighter consider a return?
“I’m not going to say Floyd won’t fight again,” said Floyd Mayweather Sr., the 49-0 fighter’s father and trainer. “[The new arena], that might [convince him], too. He might be persuaded.”
Mayweather, 39, told Spike TV on Friday, “We don’t know what the future holds.”
Pacquiao has said if he wins election to the Philippines Senate in May he expects to retire, but he has left himself wiggle room should a major fight be in play.
“I think Timmy Bradley’s going to give Pac-man all he wants, and he might beat him,” Mayweather Sr. said.
But how could the sides deny the potential earnings from a rematch?
“There’s a lot of money, but if you’ve made $200 million in that [first] game, you’ve got enough money to live the rest of your life,” Mayweather Sr. said.
“If I was my son, I wouldn’t do it. I’m not going to persuade him. I want him to go out [unbeaten] … I know Rocky Marciano has that [49-0] record, but my son still has the [same] record and right now, as far as everyone’s concerned, he’s the best fighter ever. He fought the best fighters of this era.”
The richest fight in history was panned as boring because Mayweather won by unanimous decision after Pacquiao suffered a right shoulder injury in training in April 2015, and aggravated it during the bout.
Would a healthy Pacquiao have a case for a second chance?
“If it gets like that, with Pacquiao saying that, I’m going to tell you, the money has to be deep. I mean deep, deep, deep,” Mayweather Sr. said. “More than that [last fight].”
It might help to have the new, $375-million, 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena as the site. Mayweather joined Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White and others two years ago at the arena’s groundbreaking ceremony.
Mayweather Sr. said in November he didn’t want his son to wait too long if he wanted to resume a career that presumably ended in September in a lopsided victory over Andre Berto.
“Right where he’s at right now, I wouldn’t personally fight,” Mayweather Sr. said. “He’s got enough money to do whatever the hell he wants to do. What would he be fighting for?”
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