Floyd Mayweather Jr. just defeated Manny Pacquiao in a match that took five years to bring together, but already fans of the Filipino fighter are calling for a rematch.
Making that actually happen might be a bit difficult, however.
Not long after the fight ended, in the early morning hours of Eastern Standard Time, fans of Pacquiao were calling for a rematch. Many following along had scored the fight much closer than the official total, which had all three judges putting Mayweather ahead comfortably.
To many, the solid defeat leaves little room for a rematch. After defeating Pacquiao, Mayweather appears to have already move on to his next opponent, British boxer Amir Khan.
Khan was in attendance when Mayweather won the unanimous decision over Pacquiao in Las Vegas and said Mayweather’s camp approached him after the bout ended.
“I’m in a position where I could face either but I want Mayweather,” Khan said. “I think Mayweather’s team want the fight — but I’ve spoken to Manny’s team and they’ve said the same thing, that they want a fight. I really believe I have Mayweather’s number and I’m ready for whatever he wants.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr. confirmed the plans, saying in a post-fight interview that Khan would be his next opponent.
If Mayweather is able to defeat Khan, it would put him at 49-0 and within one win of reaching a perfect record with 50 wins. That could leave an opening for a rematch with Pacquiao.
That would be popular, as Manny Pacquiao’s fans, especially those in his native Philippines, want to see a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“We are not satisfied,” said Gel Bucani, a 19-year-old Manila shopkeeper, after the fight on Saturday.
“Rematch!” she added.
There could be a good reason for a Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao rematch. As Deadline reported, the fight brought in an estimated $400 million in Pay-Per-View revenue and so much traffic that it led to glitches in the broadcast.
“With fight fans paying as much as $100 in the U.S. to watch the bout, #MayPac is looking to bring in what might be the biggest haul in pay per view history. 3 million individual PPV buys are being reported by HBO and Showtime, who are of course crowing that this haul is bigger than the GDP of 29 countries.”
If there is a rematch for Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., it would not be without precedent. Mayweather has twice fought rematch bouts, winning both.
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