Manny Pacquiao seeks redemption with Floyd Mayweather before retirementWritten by Joseph Herron
It was revealed earlier this week by Top Rank CEO Bob Arum that Manny Pacquiao's next fight will be against one of three current champions; Terence Crawford, Jessie Vargas and Viktor Postol.
Although the three potential bouts would be welcomed by most die-hard fight fans, the Filipino fight legend genuinely had his hopes on facing a megastar coming out of retirement for one final, historic event.
"Manny really wants Mayweather one more time," stated head trainer Freddie Roach to FightHubTV. "Les (Moonves of CBS) asked me, 'why don't we do it (Mayweather vs. Pacquiao) again?' I said, 'that sounds good to me'. I told Bob and he's going to call him."
Unfortunately for Manny, as well as any fight fan anticipating the return bout, Arum discussed the possibility of a second Mayweather/Pacquiao superfight with Floyd's adviser, Al Haymon, and received no positive feedback.
"We talked about facing Mayweather this year with Pacquiao,” the 84 year old fight promoter told RingTV.com earlier this week. “And Al said that Mayweather was enjoying his retirement and had no plans to go back into the ring.”
It would seem that Manny wants a shot at redemption, to seemingly make amends for a lackluster performance against the best defensive fighter in boxing, as well as the bad taste that was left in the mouths of most fans who purchased the $100 PPV event in May of 2015, after news of a shoulder injury prior to the fight surfaced.
Mayweather decisively outboxed the Pacman to score a twelve round unanimous decision, with scores of 118-110 and 116-112 twice.
The highly anticipated event garnered 4.6 million PPV purchases and grossed $600 million worldwide.
Without more lucrative offers on the horizon for both respective fighters, maybe a second showdown will indeed happen in May of 2017? Fight fans will have to wait and see what the future holds for both Pacquiao and Mayweather.