Pacquiao vs Mayweather Rematch! Manny Pacquiao is set to undergo shoulder surgery – which could keep him out of the ring for 9-12 months and scupper any chance of a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.
When Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao met in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night, it was billed as the most lucrative fight the boxing world had ever seen.
Millions of boxing fans around the world, who had waited five long years or the clash to come to fruition, tuned in to watch the best fighters of this era face off against each other.
Mayweather reportedly told ESPN insider Stephen A. Smith that he is willing to give Pacquiao a rematch in a year. The reigning pound-for-pound king did not mention a possible date for the second fight, but reports indicated that the fight might take place in May or September next year.
Boxing fans had to wait years before Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao clashed in a ring. They may not have to wait quite as long to see the rematch if it takes place.
Despite Pacquiao being expected to miss anywhere between four and 12 months due to shoulder surgery, per Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times and Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, Mayweather reportedly texted ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on Tuesday stating he would be willing to fight Pac-Man again when he’s healthy, per SportsCenter on Twitter.
Given the definitive nature of Mayweather’s win in the first fight, some fans might be asking why a rematch is necessary at all. Mayweather landed more punches and had Pacquiao chasing shadows as he danced around the ring.
However, Pacquiao planted the tiniest seed of doubt regarding his performance after revealing that the shoulder injury limited him in the ring.