By Luke Furman
This past Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao has told Floyd Mayweather he is open to a rematch if the unbeaten five division champion is prepared to come out of retirement to challenge him.
Pacquiao, 40, retained his WBA"regular" welterweight title with a unanimous points victory over Adrien Broner in Las Vegas and while he was non-committal over what may lie ahead, he insisted he is open to the possibility of gaining revenge over 41-year-old Mayweather for his 2015 defeat.
Asked repeatedly about a rematch at his post-fight press conference, he said: “My message is I’m still active and if he goes back to the ring and wants to challenge me, I’m a champion. Get back to the ring and we will fight again if he wants. If he wants to come out of retirement, then announce it and challenge me. I’m a champion and I don’t pick any opponent. I’m just waiting to see who will challenge me, who will challenge [for] my belt.”
Mayweather was among the crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to see Pacquiao defeat an opponent 11 years his junior 117-111, 116-112, 116-112 after 12 rounds in his 70th fight.
World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman is very much on board with the fight.
He believes Pacquiao's right shoulder injury was major factor in the lack of action in the first contest. If Pacquiao is 100%, Sulaiman expects a much better fight.
“Manny (in the fight against Broner) looked amazing. Floyd has already said that he wanted to return to the ring. And their second fight would generate enormous interest. Due to the injury, Manny could not fully box in the first fight, (and that injury) did not allow us to see the full potential of this fight," said Sulaiman to Vasily Konov.
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.og.