By Edward Chaykovsky
WBC/WBO/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. told ESPN reporter Stephen A. Smith in a text on Tuesday that he would be open to the idea of a rematch after Manny Pacquiao recovers from his scheduled shoulder surgery to repair a tear in his rotator cuff.
"I will fight him in a year after his surgery," Mayweather texted Smith.
There is a lot of controversy following Pacquiao's twelve round decision loss to Mayweather last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The controversy revolves around Pacquiao entering the fight with a pre-existing right shoulder injury and not disclosing that information to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The NSAC is going to conduct an investigation as to why Pacquiao and his team failed to disclose the injury on the pre-fight questionnaire that was completed at the weigh-in.
Mayweather is returning in September, which he says is going to be the last fight of his career. But another fight with Pacquiao would take him beyond that. Pacquiao's recovery after surgery could keep him out for the rest of the year.
The MGM Grand's new arena will open up next April, which falls in line with the 60th anniversary of Rocky Marciano's retirement - and allows the 48-0 Mayweather (provided he fights in September) the ability to move past Marciano's 49-0 record.