Mayweather open for rematch with Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr. expressed his willingness to have a rematch against Manny Pacquiao whom he beat in their megafight. “I will fight him in a year after his surgery,” Mayweather told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. Pacquiao is set to undergo a right shoulder surgery which he sustained during training camp for the bout. He is expected to be sidelined from nine months to a year. The injury stirred controversies after the fight as the Filipino ring icon had kept it secret from the public. Pacquiao said that he tried to have it treated hours before the match but the Nevada Athletic Commission refused due to his earlier declaration that he was injury-free.

Later, his adviser Michael Koncz admitted committing a mistake filling up the boxer’s medical questionnaire that didn’t declare Pacquiao’s injury. Because of the issue, Pacquiao is facing possible sanctions, including a lawsuit, for not disclosing the injury. Pacquiao has earlier stated that he is open for a rematch, and his trainer Freddie Roach said that they will be happy to do it again. A rematch with Pacquiao, however, is contrary to Mayweather’s earlier statements that he will retire after just one more fight in September. He only has one more bout remaining in his six-fight contract with Showtime that lapses this year. Both fighters raked in huge money from the bout, with Mayweather, getting a bigger share of the purse, earning no less than $120 million. But the fight, seen as the richest in the sport’s history, took five years to happen after on-and-off negotiations between the two fighters. - Trendingpinas
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