The much-anticipated rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao could happen next year. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum stated that if Pacquiao wins his comeback fight against Jessie Vargas, he will have two more bouts scheduled for 2017.
The former eight-division world champion, who happens to be a first-term senator in the Philippines, will take on Vargas for the WBO welterweight title on November 5 in Las Vegas. If Pacquiao wins, his fans would get to see him two more times before he officially hangs his proverbial boxing gloves.
“If he wins this fight, we have the idea for a couple of big fights next year. And I think that will end his career with two more fights in 2017,” Arum told Philippine reporters on Wednesday, via Inquirer.net. “[Terence] Crawford is a possibility, and who knows, Mayweather may be a possibility. You know, Mayweather’s making noises about returning and going to a 50th fight.”
Boxing aficionados are still split over the outcome of “The Fight of the Century.” It can be remembered that Mayweather defeated Pacquiao via unanimous decision in May 2015. However, some boxing purists believed Pacquiao should have won since he landed more punches and was the clear aggressor throughout the fight.
Adding further doubt, Pacquiao later revealed that he had a major injury on his right shoulder in the weeks leading up to the fight. He was not in full health when he stepped into the ring with Pretty Boy. Arum and his cronies will surely be using the “what could have been” card in pitching the idea of a Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2.
When asked why he decided to come out of retirement to fight Vargas, Pacquiao said he needs the money. Aside from owning numerous properties in the US and the Philippines, Pacquiao is also a philanthropist of the highest order.
“Boxing is my main source of income. I can’t rely on my salary as a public official,” Pacquiao told BBC. “I’m helping the family of my wife and my own family, as well. Many people also come to me to ask for help.”