Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather meet again at LA Clippers game – so is a rematch on the cards?
- Filipino believes he will face Floyd again if he beats Adrien Broner
- ‘Money’ insists he’s still ‘retired’ despite US$9 million payday for beating Tenshin Nasukawa
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather crossed paths once again at an LA Clippers basketball game – but will it lead to another fight between the two?
Just like in 2015, the Filipino icon shook hands and exchanged a few words with Mayweather, who was sitting courtside for the NBA game at the Staples Centre.
In what was perhaps a symbolic message to Mayweather, Pacquiao threw some T-shirts to nearby fans, showing there are no issues with the shoulder than hindered him in their first bout.
“Money” claimed a unanimous decision then in the richest fight in history but Pacquiao believes he will get a rematch if he successfully defends his WBA world welterweight title against Adrien Broner on January 19.
“That’s the thinking in my mind and my heart – that there will be another [Mayweather] fight,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
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Mayweather looked coy during the interaction with Pacquiao on Tuesday night, and downplayed its importance.
“I’m retired. I’m not fighting any more,” Mayweather told the Los Angeles Times. “When history is written, I will be remembered as the greatest fighter ever.”
But Pacquaio’s long-time coach, Freddie Roach, believes the winner of his man and Broner will get a shot at Floyd.
“He [Mayweather] wants to be on TV so badly. He misses it,” Roach told BoxingScene. “He’s actually a normal person and a nice guy when you’re one-on-one, without a camera on him. But you give him a camera, he’s not the nicest guy in the world.
“I’m sure Mayweather will want to fight the winner of this fight. That’s why we definitely have to win this fight. We know that, and we’re ready to do that.”
Roach said he felt Mayweather used his easy US$9 million payday against Japanese kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a three-round “exhibition” fight on New Year’s Eve to warm himself up for Pacquiao or Broner.
“Mayweather looked really good knocking that little kid out,” added Roach, who has reunited with Pacquiao after missing the sixth-round TKO demolition of Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia in July.
“The thing is, Manny needs to be impressive in this fight. I feel he’s right there. I watched tapes of his last fight and I watched it live on TV.
“He fought a very, very good fight – one of the best fights he’s fought in a long time. He just has to duplicate that, and that’s definitely possible.”