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Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2: What would it take for a rematch?

Lee Cleveland Updated
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History was made nearly a year ago as fight legends Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, boxing's best, finally faced each other in the ring on May 2, 2015.

Floyd, showcasing savvy and great skills and speed, won a unanimous decision by the scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110.

Finally, after six years of incessant debating over which legend deserved true 'Fighter of His Generation' status, the Mayweather vs Pacquiao dispute was finally settled...

Or was it?

Afterwards, Manny Pacquiao insisted he should have been awarded the verdict, and he's not alone. Although the majority of fans, experts and media seemingly feel the decision was just, there's a fair contingent of Pacquiao supporters who think Manny deserved the nod.

Ever since that bout, there have been rumblings of a possible rematch.

Mayweather vs Pacquiao generated a purported 4.4 to 4.5 million buys and Floyd earned upwards of $200 million while Manny pocketed a cool $150 million. Given the ridiculous purse sums, Pacquiao's supposed compromised performance due to injury and the fact a small minority believe Manny should have been awarded the decision, Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2, despite the public's dissatisfaction with the bout on May 2, is not out totally of the realm of possibility.

However, a rematch is extremely unlikely unless Floyd, for whatever reason, elected to fight Manny again for a greatly reduced purse.

We know, or can at least assume, PacMan would face Floyd for far less money than he received in their first bout. He wants revenge, insisting he entered May's affair severely compromised after aggravating an already-torn right rotator cuff in training three weeks prior to the bout.

For a fighter, such an injury is a pretty big deal so it's understandable why his team considered postponing the bout. Their presumed saving grace, however,  would be that Pacquiao would take injections of lidocaine, celestone and bupivacaine an hour or so before the fight. But on the night of the fight, Nevada Athletic Commission refused to allow Manny Pacquiao's team to inject legal numbing agents in his injured shoulder... And the rest is history.

If properly promoted, Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2 would still probably be the second or third biggest fight in boxing history despite the public's displeasure over the first fight.

Pay per view numbers would hover around 2 to 2.2 million iF sold at $59.99, roughly a 40 percent reduction from their first bout. And revenue would be in the range of Mayweather vs De La Hoya and Mayweather vs Canelo.

Given De La Hoya and Mayweather earned $52 and $25 Million, respectively, for their 2007 bout, Floyd and Manny could conceivably settle for $45 and $32 Million, respectively, or maybe a $48 to $29 Million split.

Problem: Floyd earned a greater purse, after bonuses, for fighting Canelo Alvarez in 2013. He's already filthy rich and would not likely come out of retirement to fight for 25 percent of the purse he received for Mayweather vs Pacquiao.

Even if Manny fought for free, Floyd's purse wouldn't be comparable to the money he earned last May. The demand just isn't there.

Unless Floyd and Manny can, somehow, galvanize the masses again, a Mayweather vs Pacquiao rematch will never happen.


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