Pacquiao: I Think Fans Are Excited For Rematch With Mayweather

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Manny Pacquiao isn’t concerned consumers’ remorse will limit interest in a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The 39-year-old Pacquiao told a group of reporters Monday in Manhattan that he feels fans want to see him box the 41-year-old Mayweather again. Their first fight was the most lucrative event in boxing history, but it mostly drew the ire of casual and hardcore boxing fans alike because their 12-round welterweight championship bout lacked action.

Pacquiao also angered dissatisfied fans that paid $100 to watch it on pay-per-view, as well as people that shelled out much more money to watch it live, because he revealed he injured his right shoulder during training camp prior to that May 2015 fight. 

mayweather-pacquiao (5)

Three-and-a-half years have passed since that anticlimactic extravaganza, but Pacquiao’s knockout of Lucas Matthysse four months ago has sparked speculation regarding their rematch. Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) must defeat Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) in their Showtime Pay-Per-View bout January 19 in Las Vegas for a Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch to remain viable.

“I don’t think they don’t wanna watch the fight,” Pacquiao said Monday. “I think they’re excited to watch the fight to see who’s gonna be the winner, especially [because] I’m physically 100-percent OK and prepared. I mean, I still believe that the fans want to watch this fight if the fight will happen again.”

The Philippines’ Pacquiao emphasized that he’s not certain Mayweather will come out of retirement for the third time to fight him again.

“That question, I cannot answer it because that’s his decision,” Pacquiao said. “It’s up to him. As long as I’m still here in boxing, it depends on him, if he comes out of his retirement. But right now, my focus is to fight with Adrien Broner. I know we cannot underestimate Adrien Broner. He is also a fast boxer and he moves fast, and of course, he’s a good boxer. So I have to make sure I’m 100-percent conditioned in the fight.”

Mayweather and Pacquiao discussed fighting again in September, when Mayweather posted a video to his Instagram account of them playfully arguing at a music festival in Tokyo.

Pacquiao continued to contend Monday that he doesn’t think he lost to Mayweather when they fought at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather comfortably defeated Pacquiao on all three scorecards – 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 – in a fight that drew a record 4.6 million pay-per-view buys and generated more than $600 million in overall revenue.

“It’s good to have another fight with him because I don’t believe he won that fight we had, the last fight that we had,” Pacquiao said. “I still can’t believe and am surprised at that decision. I can say it’s good to have another one in the future, if he’s coming out of retirement.”

This time, Pacquiao promised, the outcome will be different.

“I think the second fight, it will be different because there’s gonna be no excuses,” Pacquiao said, referring to his surgically repaired right shoulder. “Especially the last fight, I got a problem with my shoulder, with a rotator cuff. The operation was very good, so I’m ready to fight again with him in the future – if he’s coming out of his retirement. But my focus right now is Adrien Broner.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Spoon23 on 11-20-2018

So many scared Fl0mos in here.. Whether you like it or not.. It is inevitable the 2 will meet in the ring again.. I know you Floyd fan boys want to keep the feeling of that Fluke win against an…

Comment by Spoon23 on 11-20-2018

[QUOTE=GAME OVER;19284857][IMG][/IMG][/QUOTE] Definitely Rush Hour vibe here lmao [IMG][/IMG]

Comment by Tha Kid on 11-20-2018

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;19285313]It wasn't a jab about the last fight. It was more of a jab about Floyd pulling out of the Japan match after having a press conference for it.[/QUOTE] The "exhibition" is back on hater 🙄

Comment by BoxingTrav on 11-20-2018

Manny better focus on Broner. Under most circumstances this should look like Manny vs Cotto. But much does Manny have left. Is he taking Broner lightly? We'll see

Comment by Lion81 on 11-20-2018

No Pac. They're not. Maybe just the filipinos.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (40)
Top Headlines Chisora Vows To Pounce on Whyte, Take Him To War Showtime To Air Whyte-Chisora Rematch Live Saturday From London Barthelemy Could See Pacquiao Stopping Broner in Six Rounds Hearn: Deontay Wilder Not a PPV Star; Talks With His Team Better Jacobs: I'll Move Up To 168 To Fight Canelo; Doesn't Matter To Me Whyte Brushes Off Joshua's Prediction of Chisora Victory Warrington: I Don't View Frampton as Elite, Has Weaknesses Martin Murray Does Not Plan To Rebuild Again if He Loses Povetkin Interested in Facing Whyte or Chisora in 2019 De La Hoya: Canelo Must KO Golovkin in Trilogy, No Decision David Price is Desperate To Taste Victory Again Jermell Charlo Preps For Harrison With a Brooklyn State of Mind De La Hoya: Canelo's KO Opens Doors To New Opponents At 168 Referee Having Sleepless Nights Over Stevenson Outcome David Lemieux Will Fight Next at 168-Pounds, Says Estephan Photos: Manny Pacquiao Celebrates, Throws 40th Birthday Bash David Benavidez: I'm Hungrier Than Ever, More Motivated Dana White Reacts To De La Hoya's Challenge To Fight on May 4 Badou Jack vs. Marcus Browne Finalized For Pacquiao-Broner Photos: Pacquiao, Birthday Aside, Putting in Work For Broner Claressa Shields - BWAA's 2018 Female Fighter of the Year Joshua-Miller At MSG Could Bring Khan-Brook To Wembley 4/13 Korobov: Charlo Just Saying It, He Should Prove It In The Ring Anthony Joshua Backs Dereck Chisora To 'Whoop' Dillian Whyte News: Lolenga Mock, Shohjahon Ergashev, Frampton-Warrington Jon Fernandez Bounces Back With TKO Win in Ponferrada, Spain Jaime Munguia vs. Takeshi Inoue - Undercard is Revealed WBC To Fully Investigate Monroe's Use of Testosterone Booster Jermall Charlo vs. Matt Korobov Set Down, Monroe Out Harrison Says Stamina Issues Are Solved as Charlo Fight Nears Wilder: Joshua Skipped Fury Fight To Avoid 'Hard Questions' Jermall Charlo: Canelo is Scared. Where Are You At, Cinnamon? Sulaiman: I'm Certain Joshua Will Eventually Fight For WBC Title Lamont Roach Ready For Title Shot After Beating Mercado Rances Barthelemy Feels Rejuvenated Under Joel Casamayor Joseph Parker: We Wanted To End The Year With a Bang Canelo Could Headline in Mexico in 2019, Says De La Hoya Saunders Credits Tyson Fury With Getting Him Back on Track The Night Canelo and DAZN Took Over New York Joshua: I'm Hungry To Be Undisputed - So I am Begging Wilder

Latest Active Forum Threads