Manny Pacquiao not too intrigued, but open to Floyd Mayweather Jr. rematch
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 16, 2018 04:02 PM
After snatching the WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship from Argentinian Lucas Matthysse Sunday morning in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the eight division and now-eleven time world champion Manny Pacquiao wasn’t exactly calling everyone out.
Humble in victory as always, Pacquiao thanked Matthysse after the fight and when asked what his next move was, the Philippine Senator said that he has some business to take care of back at home.
“That’s another story and another discussion. Right now I’m happy to go back to my country in the Philippines and to celebrate my victory and of course with my fellow countrymen, doing my job as a public servant.”
He did however, say that he’s planning on making a return to the ring later this year.
“We’re planning for that [returning this year]. But we haven’t decided yet. Right now my focus is to go back to my country and relax.”
If that’s the case, then who’s next for the welterweight great?
Names like Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford have popped up more than once, but the name that everyone wants to see opposite Manny’s is a familiar one:
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The thing is, Floyd has said over and over again that he’s retired, and it doesn’t look like he’s chasing after money fights either.
Of course, Manny was asked about possibly running it back with ‘Money’ Mayweather, given that the Filipino boxing legend would have more motivation to get a rematch since he lost their highly-anticipated meeting in 2015.
Manny’s response however, wasn’t one that reflected desire or urgency to get back at Mayweather Jr.
“First, why we are disturbing him? He is not in boxing anymore,” Pacquiao said via ABS-CBN News’ Cedrick Basco.
Mayweather was in the Philippines back in May to explore the country’s sights and wanted to catch up with Pacquiao, but their schedules did not permit the reunion, as Pacquiao was in General Santos then, preparing for his battle with Matthysse.
And while Manny isn’t exactly chomping at the bit to get his hands on Mayweather Jr. again, the new WBA king isn’t closing the window on a possible rematch.
“If he decides to go back in boxing then that’s the time we’re going to call a shot. I have the belt,”
“It’s up to him if he wants to comeback to boxing and do a second one or fight another opponent. There’s a lot of boxers there that we can fight,” Pacquiao added.
Who would you like to see Manny Pacquiao fight next? Should he keep fighting at all?