Report: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Coming out of Retirement to Fight Manny Pacquiao

Alan ThomsonCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2008

Well, it didn’t take long. Floyd Mayweather Jr. appears to be ready to come out of retirement for a crack at Manny Pacquiao.

Floyd Mayweather Sr., along with other members of the Mayweather clan, is quoted in the Grand Rapids Press as saying that little Floyd wants to be the next in line for Pacquiao and that he wants his sometimes estranged father to train him.

There is also an unsubstantiated report that Manny Pacquiao has also been quoted by a newspaper in the Philippines as saying that he has heard from Team Mayweather and that Floyd is ready to come out of retirement and get down to some business with the Pac-Man.

So will the dream matchup actually occur? Well, anyone who has been a fan of professional boxing long enough can tell you that not all rumors of this variety end up panning out.

Floyd Jr. has long had a jagged relationship with his father and until the words actually come out of the mouth on the face of the Pretty Boy himself, I’m going to contain my excitement.

Should the bout take place, details would, of course, have to be worked out. Freddy Roach has previously stated that should it occur, he would want it at a catch weight, somewhere between 140 and 147 pounds. Floyd is likely to seek agreement for a 147-pound limit.

There would also be dollar issues to contend with.

In the meantime, I’m not going to get too excited until I hear something more concrete. But I would be lying if I said that this isn't the fight, more than any other, that I would love to see.

And we can always hope, can’t we?