Mayweather vs. Pacquiao 2: Could fans see rematch at the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada?
The Welterweight division is currently at a standstill.
Yes, Danny Garcia is scheduled to face Ivan Redkach on January 25th, and Mikey Garcia is currently slated to fight Jessie Vargas on February 29th...other than that, most of the top fighters at 147 pounds are admittedly not making any moves until boxing's only eight-division world champion determines who his next opponent will be.
Not only does Manny Pacquiao bring the most money to the Welterweight negotiation table, but he also currently wears the WBA belt around his waist. Most importantly, Manny is seemingly the sport's lone torchbearer at this time. All of the hungry, talented Welters are hoping Manny will pass the proverbial "superstar" torch sometime in 2020, and grant them a rare opportunity to take it before the 41-year-old, part-time fighter retires.
Unfortunately for the rest of the division, the Filipino Senator could be chasing a windmill in Floyd Money Mayweather.
It's no surprise that the Pacman left Top Rank, Inc. and Bob Arum in 2018 for the mere possibility of facing Money May before retirement. Although it's being currently viewed as a longshot, Manny still holds hope that a long-awaited rematch will materialize by the end of 2020.
When asked about Manny's plans for 2020, the Pacman's manager and adviser had this to say while in Atlanta, Georgia, for the PBC event "Davis/Gamboa":
"There's a gentleman who's going to be here on Saturday night...you should interview him and find out what he's doing," stated matchmaker and adviser Sean Gibbons to "Fighter IQ".
Obviously, as the headliner's active promoter, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will indeed be in attendance at the State Farm Arena on Saturday night, undoubtedly pulling for his man, Gervonta Davis.
"I heard him say Manny's name," stated Gibbons. "We didn't say it."
"He did say, 'I'm coming back...I'm going to fight an MMA fighter and I'm going to fight Manny Pacquiao'."
A man could grow very old waiting for Floyd to make a definitive decision on any kind of comeback...especially at age 43, which he'll be on February 24th, 2020.
But Gibbons makes a compelling case as to why Floyd should face the Pacman during the second half of the year.
"He should fight Manny Pacquiao. Do you know why? Because we've got this beautiful new stadium opening in Las Vegas called the Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders. There's no better way to inaugurate that stadium at the end of the year."
The $1.9 billion domed stadium isn't slated to open until August of 2020, but it will be a state of the art venue that hosts the NFL West's historic Raiders. The facility will feature 65,000 seats, a retractable natural turf field, large operable walls that open to spectacular views of the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip, and plenty of premium sky-boxes for the numerous celebrities who plan to frequent Sin City next year.
The venue would be ideal for an exclusive event like Mayweather vs. Pacquiao 2...if Floyd is indeed willing.
Admittedly, Sean Gibbons realizes it's a big "IF".
"If it happens, great...but that's always up to Floyd."
Of course, the living legend will have a ton of offers after he fulfills his contractual obligation with PBC and adviser Al Haymon later this year. Although Senator Pacquiao only has one fight remaining on his contract with Uncle Al, Gibbons believes the chances of his biggest client re-signing with Haymon and PBC to be very, very good.
"Manny Pacquiao is very happy where he's at," admitted the knowledgeable matchmaker and adviser. "He's a PPV star. He's fought his whole career, in the last ten years, on the biggest PPV fights, and that's where he's going to end up. Al Haymon's been very good to us. He's treated us better than any adviser ever has...and we're very happy where we're at, so I don't see that happening."
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