Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao may be headed into a rematch after all, according to Pacquiao himself. The two welterweights fought what turned out to be the most lucrative boxing event in history back on May 2, but after the fight Pacquiao announced that he was suffering from a shoulder injury coming into the bout — an injury that has kept him from stepping back into the ring this year.
Mayweather, for his part, fought once more — easily defeating Andre Berto by unanimous decision on September 12 — and then announced his retirement with an undefeated record of 49-0 in a 19-year career.
But most boxing experts and fans remain skeptical that Mayweather’s retirement is the real deal, partly because one more victory would allow him to break Rocky Marciano’s record of most wins in an undefeated career — but also because Mayweather has “retired” on several occasions already, only to reemerge and continue his career.
Mayweather “retired” first in 2006, then again in 2007 just as he was negotiating a rematch with Oscar De La Hoya after their fight that set records for pay-per-view buys. Mayweather came out of “retirement” to fight Ricky Hatton in 2008, then retired again.
After Mayweather laced up the gloves to face Juan Manuel Marquez in September of 2009, he, for once, did not retire again. Until this year.
But according to Pacquiao, Mayweather’s latest retirement is no more certain than his previous attempts to step away from the boxing game. The Philippine icon, in Doha, Qatar, on Thursday to attend the International Amateur Boxing Association World Championships, told the French News Agency (AFP) that he is currently negotiating simultaneously with Mayweather and with British welterweight Amir Khan, who has long been lobbying for a match with either Pacquiao or Mayweather.
“I will fight anybody, anywhere,” said Pacquiao, whose record stands at 57-6-2 since he turned pro at age 16 in 1995. “I am going to fight probably before the election. The election is coming next year, May, and before that I will probably have one fight. We are going to finalize by November or December.”