Floyd Mayweather to come out of retirement, fight Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – A Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao rematch could be in the works.

On Instagram, Mayweather bared that he will be coming out of retirement to face the Filipino boxing superstar in what is expected as another blockbuster bout. 

"I'm coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Another nine-figure payday on the way," the undefeated American boxer wrote. 

View this post on Instagram I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Another 9 figure pay day on the way @mayweatherpromotions A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Sep 15, 2018 at 3:51am PDT

In the video, the two were seen exchanging banters, with Pacquiao saying: "I have the belt." 

Pacquiao is coming off an emphatic seventh-round knockout – his first stoppage in nine years – of Argentine Lucas Matthysse last July 15 to snatch the World Boxing Association regular welterweight belt

Mayweather, meanwhile, last fought mixed martial artist Conor McGregor in August 2017 and won via a 10th-round technical KO to keep his record unscathed at 50-0. 

The two boxing giants first fought in May 2015 in what was billed as the "The Fight of the Century."

However, fans and pundits considered the bout – which Mayweather won via unanimous decision – a disappointment for lack of action on the ring despite its hyped up buildup. 

Still, it was one of the richest fights in boxing history with Mayweather raking in more than $200 million and Pacquiao earning roughly $150 million. – Rappler.com


Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.