Floyd at ringside triggers talks on rematch with Manny

Manny Pacquiao on the ring with Jessie Vargas for the WBO Welterweight championship Photo © Abner Galino

FLOYD Mayweather obviously wanted a dramatic entrance to the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship fight (a title that he vacated when he retired) between Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas. And he got it.

Mayweather walked inside the Thomas and Mack Center arena dressed in a “chocolate brown” trench coat, which some bloggers said was worth around $5,000. Flanked by three tall and burly men dressed in black shirts, the boxing legend walked straight to the ringside and settled on a seat, but not without generating a mix of cheers and boos from the crowd.

Interestingly, Mayweather who is nicknamed “Money,” got his seat to the fight through credential.

Top Rank Promotions boss Bob Arum unintentionally revealed this during the post fight press conference.

“He called, he is very nice. He called, he said he wanted to come to the fight. So Todd, the buff, got him credentials and a great seat right behind the commentators and got him tickets for his entourage,” Arum replied to a reporter’s query.

Floyd Mayweather v. Manny Pacquiao in a rematch? Photo ©
Floyd Mayweather v. Manny Pacquiao in a rematch? Photo ©

Expectedly, Mayweather’s ringside presence during Pacquiao-Vargas headliner triggered fresh talks about a possible rematch with Pacquiao. Reporters asked Arum about such a possibility during the post fight press conference but the Top Rank Promotions boss quickly shoot it down.

“As far as what he has been telling us, he is retired and I respect that,” Arum said.

Even Pacquiao played coy when asked about a rematch with Mayweather.

It depends on my promoter,” Pacquiao shot back when asked while still on top of the ring shortly after clinching the WBO welterweight crown.

Even when reporters tried to make him choose between Mayweather and Terence Crawford, the Filipino champion refused to reveal his choice.

However, during interviews the next day, the Filipino champion has changed his tune. Pacquiao, who is also a senator, pointed out that the Philippine Senate will have a longer recess in next year’s spring and that would give him a big window to pursue a big fight.

Arum changed his tune too.

ESPN’s Dan Rafael reportedly quoted Arum as saying: “I give it 75 percent chance.”

Arum has also said that Pacquiao “will definitely fight in the spring.”

The Mayweather versus Pacquiao was promoted as “The Fight of the Century.” However, it didn’t live up to the billing but generated a record $600 million in revenues.

Now, that kind of money is why a rematch is likely to happen.

Mayweather beat Andre Berto in September last year and retired. Pacquiao also announced his retirement after defeating Tim Bradley but returned to the game just months later.

Most of Pacquiao’s earning in the recent fight was reportedly spent on buying tickets for supporters and fans.

Pacquiao reportedly earned around $100 million for the Mayweather fight.

Mayweather remains undefeated at 49-0 with 26 KOs while Pacquiao is 59-6-2 with 38 KOs.

Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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