When Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced his retirement and pulled out of his scheduled rematch against Oscar De La Hoya, it opened up a chance for Manny Pacquiao to step into his place for the fight. And after beating De La Hoya to a pulp for eight rounds, Pacquiao stepped into Mayweather’s place as the universally recognized best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
And if we know anything about boxing, it’s that retirements are about as meaningful as “loser leaves town” matches in pro wrestling. Which is why it’s hard to be shocked with word from THE MANILA TIMES that Mayweather has begun training and wants to take on the winner of the Pacquiao/Ricky Hatton fight. So, Manny Pacquiao.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. has already told the media that it’s not a matter of if his son returns to the ring but when. But we know about how trustyworthy Mayweather Sr. is when it comes to his son, so that was easy to dismiss. But now ESPN.COM is reporting that Mayweather Jr. could fight as early as July 11 in a tune-up fight for his likely big money bout against Pacquiao.
It’s hard to comprehend just how much money a Mayweather/Pacquiao fight would command - Pacquiao’s fight against De La Hoya pulled in more than $70 million in PPV revenue alone, and having him take on Mayweather would arguably be an even bigger fight - since the $17 million gate for the Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya fight only trailed that for Mayweather’s fight against De La Hoya.
If we know anything about Floyd Mayweather, it’s that he’s an intensely proud man, and seeing his reputation as the best fighter in the world quickly brushed aside after Pacquiao’s stunning performance must have stung. Although not as much as the $6 million lein the IRS filed against him late last year, which almost certainly has to be the real reason that he’s decided to make his “comeback.”