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Mayweather vs Pacquiao rematch in 2016: What are the chances?

Lee Cleveland Updated
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Apparently there have been rumors of a possible Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao rematch for next April.

Earlier this week, however, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told suggested there was no legitimacy to the rematch hearsay.

(Image courtesy of Top Rank)

Mayweather vs Pacquiao generated a purported 4.4 to 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 of the realm of possibility.

In fact, Floyd Mayweather's uncle and co-trainer, Roger, insists a rematch should happen to erase all doubt that his nephew is capable of defeating a healthy Pacquiao.

"Floyd’s legacy is going to be good but he needs to close that legacy with Pacquiao. He needs to go back and him and Pacquiao need to do it again. That’s what I think. To close the door in terms of victory, that’s what he needs to do," Roger Mayweather told ontheropesboxing.com.

So what are the chances for a rematch?

It all depends on money and how much the public is willing to pay.

Mayweather and Pacquiao remain both fighters’ most lucrative option but, for a rematch, they'd be very fortunate to receive half of the purse sums they garnered this month.

Ultimate question: Would Floyd, who generated $200 million dollars for his bout with Manny and was already filthy rich heading into the fight, settle for $50, $75 or $100 million for a return bout?"

Would the fight even generate enough revenue to give Floyd and Manny $50 and $25 million paydays, respectively?

Sure, Mayweather could easily pocket $25 million but that's chump change to Money May these days as he's earned north of that figure since 2012. 

But Floyd's monetary threshold is a mute concern if the hardcore fans, in addition to casual followers, don't want to see Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2.

"This fight won't happen if the public doesn't support it," stated boxing manager/trainer James Gogue on FightSaga Radio Monday night.

"The public was so pissed off... Not only in the fight but everything leading up to it."


"The media was treated like crap... The fans were treated like crap."

"And the greed.... [Floyd] and Al Haymon charging $10 for the weigh-in and all that stuff."

"I can't see how they are going to support a Mayweather vs Pacquiao rematch."

"I can see a lot of people boycotting the fight."


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