Mayweather: 'I will fight Pacquiao in a year after his surgery'
Milan Ordoñez on May 06, 2015 10:12 AM
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MANILA - Floyd Mayweather Jr. took an unexpected turn and has now announced his desire to face Manny Pacquiao in a rematch in 2016.
This, after also repeatedly asserting that his last fight would be in September. In an unprecedented move, “Money” even went on to verbally relinquish his titles “to give the younger fighters a chance”, making his would be final bout a non-title fight against an opponent who is yet to be named.
In a report by ESPN.com, Mayweather sent a text message to one of its anchors Stephen A. Smith about doing a rematch with Pacquiao.
"I will fight him in a year after his surgery," the text message purportedly reads.
Pacquiao is currently preparing for surgery after a reported torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder, which could keep him sidelined for nine months to a year. He is also facing disciplinary action from the Nevada Athletic Commission for his failure to disclose his injury beforehand.
"Our job is to protect the health and safety of fighters and the integrity of the sport. We expect our fighters to be forthright,” said Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar.
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