Not so Fast: Floyd Wants Tune-up Fight Before Pacquiao Rematch
Last week, the sports world was turned upside down as Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced that he would come out of retirement to have a rematch against Manny Pacquiao. The two boxers ran into each other at a Tokyo music festival and Floyd declared that he wanted to fight Manny again. Pacquiao didn’t hesitate to accept the challenge. Unfortunately, it appears that this fight won’t happen in December like first announced. In fact, it could be pushed back to an undetermined date in 2019, if at all. According to TMZ, Mayweather Jr. made the following comments about his upcoming fight plans:
“I know everybody heard about the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, but before the Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch, I will be back in Tokyo for a huge boxing event.”
As I predicted last week, and in our latest Odds on Favorites videocast episode, don’t get too excited about this rematch as there’s no guarantee that Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2 is going to happen. It took over 5 years for the first fight to materialize and now we’re going to have to wait until at least sometime in 2019 for a possible rematch.
To summarize this latest news, in less than a week, we go from having a rematch in December to Floyd Jr. taking a tune-up fight before stepping into the ring with Pacquiao.
As for Floyd’s tune-up bout, it’s rumored to take place in Tokyo and there’s no word as to who he will fight. Rumors are swirling that Mayweather is considering MMA fighters and kick boxers in addition to boxers.
What Does Pacquiao Say About This?
Manny has been recently quoted saying that he’s always available for Floyd. Pacquiao would go on to declare that the two have “unfinished business” and that he’s been “waiting a long time” to have this rematch.
After the first fight between the two, Pacquiao needed surgery for an injured shoulder. Reports in 2015 and 2016, stated that the two sides were negotiating a rematch. Unfortunately, it never happened. Instead, Floyd fought Conor McGregor in 2017. McGregor wants a rematch with Floyd, but inside the octagon this time and not inside a boxing ring. We all know that Floyd won’t risk this.
Pacquiao currently holds the WBA welterweight title after defeating Lucas Matthysse via 7th round KO in July. Manny believes that this belt adds some enticement for a rematch. I happen to disagree. Nowadays, boxing titles are meaningless.
When Will This Fight Happen?
More than likely, if this rematch does actually takes place, Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2 would be pushed back into 2019 due to Floyd wanting a tune-up fight first. Keep in mind, May and September are often considered the two premiere times of the year for super fights in the sport of boxing. Typically, Cinco de Mayo weekend has been the highly sought after fight date.
With that in mind, from a business standpoint, I can see this fight being pushed all the way back to May 2019, which would be the 4-year anniversary of their first encounter.
Once again, take a cautious approach in regards to being excited over a potential rematch. I don’t underestimate Floyd’s greediness for money as he’s already stated that he wants that 9-figure payday. However, we’ve seen the plans change in less than a week. And, let’s not forget how the first fight took at least 5 years to finalize.
Lastly, Mayweather would be 42 and Pacquiao would be 40 if they fought in May 2019. Could we really expect an entertaining fight between two 40 year old boxers?
‘Pacquiao vs Mayweather 2’ Betting Odds
Upon the news of a potential rematch, online betting sites listed Mayweather as the clear favorite and Manny as a big underdog. BetOnline opened with Mayweather at -250 and Manny at +210. The betting lines remain unchanged. Over the next few weeks, I’ll examine prop bets for this potential fight.
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