Floyd Mayweather Sr. does not expect his son, retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., to ever fight Manny Pacquiao again.
In what was the biggest fight of 2015, Mayweather and Pacquiao finally settled a longstanding score in the ring. But the bout, which the American won at a canter via decision, was an underwhelming one, with Mayweather happy to fight defensively and Pacquiao clearly not at full tilt, later citing a shoulder injury.
There were some calls for a rematch between the iconic duo, but Mayweather Sr. doesn’t foresee one, even if the Filipino wants it. “Floyd Jr. ain’t fighting no rematch (with Pacquiao),” he said, per Sean Zittel and Kevin Johnston of ThaBoxingVoice. “(Pacquiao) want a fight with Floyd Jr. He want the biggest payout, you know. That’s all that is. He want it but he ain’t gon' [sic] get it.”
There are plenty of factors that would need to unexpectedly align before the prospect of a rematch was to even be considered.
After all, Mayweather is now a retired fighter following his win over Andre Berto earlier in the year, hanging up the gloves with a record of 49-0.
Given the disappointing nature of his final fight, where Money was a class above his toiling opponent, many anticipate Mayweather will eventually return to the ring for a final payday and seek to secure a 50th professional victory.
However, as is evident by some of his posts on Twitter since the bout with Berto, the legendary fighter is enjoying his retirement:
Floyd Mayweather @FloydMayweather
They go to the strip club. I bring the strip club to me wherever, whenever. #LA https://t.co/10hmyt6AJq https://t.co/zgJ3RFZFG92015-12-21 11:08:10
Floyd Mayweather @FloydMayweather
At the Colosseum in Rome, Italy https://t.co/10hmyt6AJq https://t.co/O6TPHzReiJ2015-12-10 18:03:55
Pacquiao seems to be quickly approaching the end of his career, too. The eight-weight world champion has yet to return to the ring since losing to Mayweather and his promoter, Bob Arum, stated earlier this year that he will walk away from the sport after one more fight in 2016, as he seeks to focus on his political career, per Dan Rafael of ESPN.com.
There will be something niggling at Pacquiao in the wake of his loss to Mayweather, though. Granted, the American turned in a defensive masterclass on the night, but the man from the Philippines clearly wasn’t at maximum health. He underwent surgery on a torn rotator cuff just days after the fight, per Rafael.
For all the hype that accompanied the build-up to the previous bout, it’s not necessarily a showdown fans would like to see again anyway. As noted by the FightNights.com Twitter feed, the fight arguably did more harm than good for the sport:
Mayweather did beat Pacquiao. But his next fight was Berto. And Mayweather-Pacquiao actually KO'ed the entire sport. Can't vote for him.2015-12-28 18:32:36
Indeed, it’s a fight that should have happened five years ago, when both men were at the absolute peak of their powers.
So not only would a possible rematch be less popular with fans and much less lucrative, it’d also serve as a further source of frustration for many as we didn’t get to see Pacquiao-Mayweather when they were each at full throttle.
Mayweather could probably be tempted back to the sport by a money-spinning package, not to mention the prestige that would accompany a 50-0 record.
However, you suspect Pacquiao’s retirement claims are something to take much more seriously given his clear ambitions away from the ring, rendering the prospects of any rematch slim.