Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be coming out of retirement yet again, this time to rematch Manny Pacquiao in what Mayweather states will be another “nine-figure payday.”
The announcement from Mayweather comes as a shock, as it looked like the multiple-time world champion was finally done with his boxing career after coming out of retirement in August 2017 to defeat former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor, improving his undefeated record to 50-0.
The 41-year-old announced plans to return to the ring when he posted a video of himself and Pacquiao exchanging words at a music festival in Tokyo, Japan.
“Pacman” later responded to Mayweather’s post, uploading a video captioned “50-1. #NoExcuses”. In the video, Mayweather can be heard saying “2nd of December” as a targeted date for the rematch. The two fought in the “Fight of the Century” back in May 2015, but the richest matchup in combat sports history failed to deliver much excitement, as Mayweather won a unanimous decision over the Filipino superstar.
Since his loss to Mayweather, Pacquiao (60–7–2) has fought four times in the boxing ring. After winning decisions against Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas, he lost his WBO welterweight title when he was controversially defeated by Jeff Horn. The Filipino has since rebounded off that shock loss by defeating Lucas Matthysse by stoppage in the seventh round.
A rematch between Mayweather and Pacquiao will be bad news for Amir Khan, as the Brit called for a showdown with Pacquiao after defeating Samuel Vargas last Saturday. Nothing has been made official yet for a rematch between Mayweather and Pacquiao, and given how long the first fight took to put together, whether a rematch will play out this year (or ever) is unknown.