Floyd Mayweather has sensationally claimed that he is going to return in December for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao after meeting him face-to-face in Japan last night.
The 41-year-old American, who supposedly retired from boxing after beating Conor McGregor last August to take his record to an unblemished 50-0, came face-to-face with Pacquiao at an event in Japan as part of his global tour.
The American has posted a video on his Instagram page that shows the two meeting on Saturday, along with a teasing caption that suggest the rematch is very much on.
By beating Pacquiao, Mayweather added the WBO welterweight title to the WBA, WBC, Lineal and The Ring belts that he already held, and he would only go on to fight two more times against Andre Berton and McGregor before hanging up his gloves permanently – or so it seems.
The pair first faced off in 2015 as the unbeaten Mayweather came out on top with Pacquiao chasing a rematch ever since.
Mayweather retired following his victory over Conor McGregor a year ago but he appears to have been tempted to return.
He posted a video on his Instagram of the pair coming face-fo-face, with Mayweather heard shouting: “I’m coming back in December”.
And the American added the caption: “I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year another 9 figure pay day on the way.” The video by Saturday has attracted 1.4 million views out of the 21.1m followers on Instagram.
A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Sep 15, 2018 at 3:51am PDT.
I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Another 9 figure pay day on the way @mayweatherpromotions
The video shows ‘Pac Man’, who beat Lucas Matthysse in July to win the WBA welterweight championship, taunting Mayweather given that he now holds one of the titles that the pair fought over three years ago.
Pacquiao is seen gesturing to the American and saying he holds the belt, to which Mayweather replies: “I will take them from you like I did last time.”
The pound-for-pound champion then mocks Pacquiao by asking him about his shoulder, which the Filipino suggested was responsible for his 2015 defeat.
Asked recently about a potential rematch, the Pacman said: “If he decides to go back to boxing then that is the time we are going to call the shots.
“I have the belt, so it’s up to him. If he wants to come back in boxing, let’s do a second one.”
The first fight was believed to be the most lucrative of all time, worth over £230m to the two fighters.
Pacquiao has fought four times since that defeat by Mayweather, beating Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas and Matthysse as well as losing to Australian Jeff Horn, but he is currently a target for British welterweight Amir Khan following his victory last weekend over Samuel Vargas.
Amir Khan has recently set his sights on fighting Pacquiao although a rematch with Mayweather would be much more attractive.
Khan has been linked with a domestic dust-up with long-term rival Kell Brook, but he made it clear afterwards that he wants to fight Pacquiao instead of the Sheffield-born boxer and Mayweather’s latest claim could not only throw a spanner in those plans, but give the British public the fight they want to see.
“Manny Pacquiao is the bigger legacy fight, because he is such a big name, and I want to end my career with a stadium night and a world title fight,” said Khan.
“Obviously as a fighter, I’m going to go for the best option financially. But both fights are tough.”
Floyd Mayweather said he is not going to fight again after winning his 50th professional bout against Irishman Conor McGregor in Las Vegas one year ago.
‘This was my last fight. I chose the right dance partner’, he said after stopping the Irishman in the 10th round.
On his record of 50-0, beating Rocky Marciano’s 49-0, Mayweather added: “Rocky Marciano is a legend and I look forward to going into the hall of fame one day.
“This was my last fight tonight, for sure. I chose the right dance partner. Conor McGregor, you are a hell of a champion.”