On July 20th, Manny Pacquiao won a split decision match against undefeated Keith Thurman to win the WBA title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. If you watched the fight, you could see that Pacquiao definitely showed up… but so did someone else. Floyd Mayweather Jr. was also in the arena among the crowd watching Pacquiao’s victory.
About three days later, for some strange reason, Mayweather decided to throw the first verbal jab at Pacquiao commenting on his influence and mark on boxing. The following is a small portion of Mayweather’s comments from his Instagram account:
“I find it real ironic how every time Pacquiao’s name is brought up in the media, my name is always attached to it. This man’s entire legacy and career has been built off its association with my name and it’s about time you all stop using my brand for clout chasing and clickbait and let that man’s name hold weight of its own.”
At first glance, this could look like a comment directed at sports media for always asking Pacquiao if he wants a rematch with Mayweather. Although there is some merit to this approach, Mayweather threw a whole lot of “shade” at Pacquiao with phrases such as “[his] entire legacy… has been built off… my name” and “let that man’s name hold weight of its own.”
The Filipino Senator, Manny Pacquiao wasn’t about to take Mayweather’s comments lying down. He came back with his own remark via Twitter while tagging Mayweather: “You come to my fight and then use my name in a post but I’m the one that is trying to stay relevant? [Let me know] if you want to be relevant again…”
Mayweather offered this weak rebuttal in return: “Bottom line, I make more money than you; I beat you, then I signed you! I was only at your fight supervising you, my employee, as any real BOSS would do.”
It seemed that Pacquiao landed the final uppercut with his next tweet: “Excuse me, Floyd, your name has not been on any of my PBC contracts. But if you would like to be on the next one, I will have one drawn up and sent to you.”
After defeating Pacquiao in 2015, Mayweather “retired” from professional boxing. Of course, this word means absolutely nothing nowadays especially when he comes to professional athletes. Mayweather hinted at retirement after his split-decision win against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 but came back 2 months later to fight Ricky Hatton.
He “officially retired” 6 months later only to come back a year later in 2009 to fight for 6 years with his victory over Pacquiao being his final fight before “retiring” again. Mayweather finally came back for the “last time” to win a big purse by fighting UFC superstar Connor McGregor in 2017.
So is a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. a possibility? Absolutely. Is it probable? Definitely. Especially if Maywether’s pattern of “retiring” is something to go on. It would not be surprising to see Pacquiao vs. Mayweather 2 in 2020.