For his rather surprising victories over Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman one after another early this year, Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao must have already met his side of two of a three year-fight he signed with the Premier Boxing Championship of Al Haymon.
The fighting lawmaker successfully defended his WBA welterweight plum with his 12-round unanimous decision win over Broner last January 19 and his follow-up split decision triumph over erstwhile unbeaten Thurman on July 20, must have, likewise, opened the door of opportunity on his potential rematch with former tormentor Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The soon-to-be 41 year-old kept the 147-pound title he won over Lucas Matthysse, in that January confrontation with Broner then added the super WBA jewel to his collection at the expense of Thurman.
It can be remembered that it was in this month of October last year when the eight-division champion seceded his decade and-a-half old relationship with Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions and signed with Haymon’s PBC.
And since the “Money Man” Floyd is Haymon’s business partner in the PBC, it is surmised that the Pacquiao-Mayweather 2 can easily be realized contrary to what’s many believed.
This, coupled with the 50-0 record owner’s announcement some fortnight ago that he was withdrawing from talks for an exhibition match planned to be held in Japan, precisely to resume negotiations with Pacquiao for the much-awaited rematch.
There are even reports that the Pacquiao-Mayweather 2 could happen as early as the first half of next year.
Before these developments, many diehard boxing fans had scoffed at the idea of Floyd and Manny to dance atop the ring anew in a repeat of their May 2015 encounter, but still many believed it will be the richest fight proposition today.
Notwithstanding the proliferation of many so-called best fighters in the 147-pound division like Terence Crawford, Errol Spence, Shawn Porter, etc., among others, who all expressed interest in having a date with the Filipino.
Those will have to wait, though, for what is more interesting for fans is the Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch.
Which to many will financially generate big numbers. Not necessarily the mega pay-per-view of over $4 million buys their first meeting did, but enough to beat any other fight offered up today.
Pacquiao is coming off a huge win over Thurman and at 40 became the oldest welterweight champion in history. The win had the entire sports universe talking about him again.
He revived his career with that and people, certainly, would love seeing battle Mayweather for the second time and … win.
Pacquiao has kept his large fanbase intact and Mayweather still has a lot of haters who want to see him lose.