A possible rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is in the offing after Coach Freddie Roach confirmed in an interview that negotiations are taking place for the part two of the “Fight of the Century.”
The idea of a rematch must have been fueled by Mayweather’s surprise presence at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Venas during Pacquiao versus Jessie Vargas fight.
In an exclusive interview published at www.philstar.com/sports, Roach said that Mayweather watched the fight and overheard that the two proceeded to Pacquiao’s room afterward for a brief conversation.
The trainer of the year awardee is hoping for another shot of fight in 2017 as Pacquiao will be free from his public duties in April and May when senate takes its recess from the session.
For Roach, the rematch is going to be more exciting this time as Pacquiao already recovered from a shoulder injury which hindered his performance and eventually lost to Mayweather in the most hyped and most anticipated fight in 2015.
Mayweather was officially retired in 2015 with a 49-0 winning record, but the 39-year-old pound-for-pound king was again sighted to be doing some workouts and sparring sessions at a gym as if hinting for a possible comeback to the ring.
Boxing analysts said that if ever the rematch prospers, it would now be easy for the two camp to close the deal as there were no signs of animosities anymore when the two parties met up at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Pacquiao admitted that it was him who invited Mayweather to the boxing event, in which Mayweather obliged to attend.
After Pacquiao defeated Vargas, the senator went to the ring post corner and smiled at Mayweather. In return, Mayweather returned the gesture with the thumbs-up sign.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said it was a sign that tension is gone and concluded that a rematch has a 75 percent chance to prosper.