Floyd Mayweather Confirms Manny Pacquiao Fight Coming
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has confirmed that he has his sights set on a rematch with Manny Pacquiao.
During a recent video he posted to social media, Mayweather decided to say aloud what most in the boxing community have been whispering for weeks now: that he is eyeing another showdown against his biggest rival.
In the video, Mayweather indicated that he was heading to Saudi Arabia to discuss the bout. The former welterweight champion of the world was scarce on details, but those will likely come in the next few weeks or months.
🤯🇸🇦 Floyd Mayweather declares he’s travelling to Saudi Arabia to discuss a potential Manny Pacquiao rematch. pic.twitter.com/Fdt3FZhdFv
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) August 18, 2019
The first fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao sold a record 4.6 million pay per views (PPVs) in the United States and generated more than $400 million in revenue.
The match itself, from a boxing standpoint, was not as sharp as it likely would have been years earlier when a showdown between Mayweather and Pacquiao had initially been proposed.
Nevertheless, despite the fact that neither fighter was at the top of his game any more, it was still fun for fans to see the pair tangle for supremacy.
Mayweather, 42, has fought just once in the last two years – resulting in a 10th round victory over former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) double champ Conor McGregor.
Pacquiao, 40, recently won the WBA welterweight championship after a strong showing against Keith Thurman.
Thurman, for his part, has been desperately downplaying the possibility of a rematch between Mayweather and Pacquiao. Instead, he says the world wants to see him get a rematch against Pacquiao.
“At the end of the day, nobody wants to see it,” Thurman said of Mayweather-Pacquiao II.
“Real fight fans know,” he continued. “It ain’t gonna be more exciting than what Keith Thurman just did.”
Unfortunately for Thurman, his assessment is incorrect. He does not deserve a rematch against Pacquiao, plain and simple.
As far as “real fight fans” go – they want to see a showdown between two legends that will set those legends up financially for life. Mayweather-Pacquiao II will accomplish that; Pacquiao-Thurman II will not.