Speculation in the post-fight press conference following Manny Pacquiao’s points win over Jessie Vargas immediately turned to a possible Mayweather Pacquiao rematch – following Mayweather’s appearance near ringside during the fight.
One journalist in the post-fight press conference mentioned that outside of the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight last year in 2015, that Mayweather’s attendance at Pacquiao vs Vargas was actually the first time Mayweather was at a live Pacquiao fight.
Promoter for Pacquiao vs Vargas, Bob Arum of Top Rank, poured cold water over the question and talk straight away – mentioning in the post-fight presser that it was best to direct such questions to Mayweather himself.
Arum did mention however that Mayweather had contacted the promotion in advance of attending the show and asked could he come along to the fight, and that he didn’t just gate crash the event as some had suggested.
(Mayweather turns up at Pacquiao vs Vargas – video courtesy of Mr. Elie Seckbach):
Arum also mentioned that Mayweather and his team were granted a number of tickets for the Pacquiao vs Vargas fight on the night.
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fought last year on May 2nd, 2016 in a fight where Floyd Mayweather ultimately came out with the win via a points decision.
Despite the pair’s advanced ages as things stand at present, talk of a Mayweather Pacquiao rematch has ignited debate following Pacquiao’s latest win against Vargas and Mayweather’s appearance at the fight.
Many feel that the pair owe boxing fans a rematch following what was an underwhelming fight when they fought last in an event that was billed as the ‘Fight of the Century’.
Despite the mixed response so far online among boxing fans surrounding a potential Mayweather Pacquiao rematch, there is no denying that it would sell and create interest if it did come to fruition in 2017.
Time will tell.