With boxing legend Manny Pacquiao set to hang the gloves in April next year, there is still speculation about his final opponent. While Amir Khan, Terence Crawford, Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley have all been mentioned as potential foes, the Pac-Man is still hoping for a rematch with archrival Floyd Mayweather before bowing out of boxing.
Even as Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, tweeted earlier this week that “Floyd Mayweather is RETIRED, end of discussion,” Pacquiao believes that the large sums of money at stake will coax “Money” back into the ring. In a video posted on his official Facebook page, Pacquiao said it was his number one priority to face Mayweather one more time. “I don’t know yet who’s my opponent next but we’re still negotiating right now about the rematch with Floyd Mayweather so hoping for that,” he said.
Pacquiao’s last fight against Mayweather was the most lucrative in pro boxing history, drawing an incredible 4.4 million PPV buys. Pacquiao reportedly earned $180 million (approx.) from the bout. If the rematch was to become a reality, both fighters stand a chance to make one final splash and perhaps break their own previous revenue records.
The Filipino legend (57-6-2, 38 KO) will be 37 when he fights in April, following an 11-month rehabilitation period after surgery on his right shoulder. The Pac-Man acknowledged that the injury hampered his performance during April’s fight, which was won by Mayweather in a unanimous vote.
Meanwhile, Amir Khan told BBC Sport: “I am the front-runner (to face Pacquiao). Manny Pacquiao makes a good story because we’ve been training partners and I’ve been with his coach Freddie Roach. There’s a big chance of the fight happening, it’s all about making sure my team is on point with the deal and they need to make sure they get the fight that I want,” the British boxer said Tuesday.