Pacquiao vs Mayweather: Aging superstars may meet in the ring again
Legendary boxer Manny Pacquiao told reporters from the Agence France Presse that he is in talks to plan a potential rematch against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Pacquiao and Mayweather fought earlier this year on May 2, with Mayweather winning a unanimous decision. The event was billed as “the fight of the century.” The long awaited bout generated more revenue than any event in boxing history with approximately $500 million from pay per view subscriptions and $72 million from ticket sales, but the fight itself was a resounding disappointment.
The conflicting style of the two fighters was supposed to create an intriguing matchup in the ring. Fans and experts alike were curious to see whether Pacquiao’s aggressive offensive attack could overwhelm his opponent or if he would be stifled by Mayweather’s technically perfect defense. Mayweather dominated throughout the fight, but in the days after the bout, it was revealed that Pacquiao fought with a torn rotator cuff, which would later require surgery.
If a rematch is going to take place, it must happen soon. Pacquiao is 36 years old and has announced he will be seeking re-election to the Senate in his home country of the Philippines. Mayweather is 39 and announced his retirement after his most recent victory. However, it might be difficult for the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world to give up the spotlight. When asked if his son could return to the ring, Mayweather’s father said, “That definitely could happen. It’s happened with almost every fighter you know. He might be feeling like this now, and two or three or four weeks from now, he might not feel that way. You just don’t know.”
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Mayweather’s professional record stands at 49 wins and 0 losses. With one more victory, he would pass the legendary Rocky Marciano, also 49-0, as the statistically greatest undefeated boxing champion of all time.
The payout for a rematch between these two boxing greats would probably be significantly less than the payout from the initial matchup. As the winner of the first fight and the favorite to win a rematch, Mayweather will demand an extremely large split of the revenues. In their previous fight, revenues were split 60-40 in favor of Mayweather. He would likely get even more the second time around.
Pacquiao seems to be all-in for a rematch. Mayweather’s actions are more difficult to predict. He retired as the highest paid athlete in the world and is not in need of another big payday. The only incentive for him to re-enter the ring would be to chase his 50th win, and victory is not guaranteed against a fighter of Pacquiao’s caliber.
Will Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. meet in the ring again? Would fans be interested in watching a rematch of such a one-sided fight? Feel free to leave a comment or find me on Twitter @Andrew_Morse4