Manny Pacquiao joins forces with Al Haymon as Floyd Mayweather rematch gathers momentum
- Manny Pacquiao split from his long-time mentor Bob Arum
- He is linking up with Al Haymon for final phase of his ring career
- Comeback expected to be against Adrian Broner early next year
The prospect of a mega-millions rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao comes closer with the PacMan joining forces with Al Haymon, the Svengali of US boxing.
The link up between MP Promotions and Haymon for the final phase of the Philippines senator’s ring career finalises Pacquiao’s split from long-time mentor Bob Arum.
The PacMan’s comeback is now expected to be against the maverick Adrian Broner in the US in January.
A rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is gathering momentum
Beyond that the aim is Mayweather-Pacquiao II in Las Vegas on the traditional Cinco de Mayo weekend.
Mayweather had expressed ‘no interest’ in repeating their first fight, in which he outpointed Pacquiao in May 2015.
But although he is talking up more cross-over matches with UFC stars Conor McGregor, in a rematch, and the equally controversial Khabib Nurmagobenov, the Money man’s own relationship with Haymon and the adverse public reaction to those fights both strengthen the case for Pacquiao.
Mayweather defeated Pacquiao in their welterweight unification bout in May 2015
The PacMan believes they have unfinished business, since he carried a damaged shoulder into their first fight and was denied pain-killing injections by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Mayweather teased the idea of a rematch when he met Pacquiao in the Far East and told him: ‘If we do fight again I don’t wanna hear no more excuses about shoulder injuries.’
As ever with Mayweather it will come down to the money. But sold as a a grand finale to both their careers, he and Pacquiao could cash out to the tune of hunreds of millions of dollars each.
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