MANILA, Philippines—Is a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the horizon?
The two former pound-for-pound kings have repeatedly teased a retread of their May 2015 showdown, even coming face-to-face in Japan during September of last year.
When asked directly about a rematch, Pacquiao placed the ball squarely on Mayweather's court.
"Tell him to come back to the ring, and we will fight," Pacquiao said to Showtime's Jim Gray.
The "Pacman" was coming off a dominant 12-round victory over American challenger Adrien Broner to make a successful defense of his WBA welterweight belt. Mayweather, who beat Pacquiao via unanimous decision in their "Fight of the Century" four years ago, watched at ringside as his Filipino rival made light work of Broner.
"I'm willing to fight again (against) Floyd Mayweather," Pacquiao stressed. "If he's willing to come back in boxing."
Mayweather had not fought in a sanctioned boxing match since August 2017, when he stopped Conor McGregor in the 10th round of their much-hyped showdown. He stepped back into the ring on New Year's Eve, however, for an exhibition match against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
After that bout, Mayweather reiterated that he was still retired.
Asked by Gray about a possible Pacquiao rematch on live TV just after Pacquiao beat Broner, Mayweather remained stony-faced and silent when he was shown on camera.
The first bout between Pacquiao and Mayweather took more than half a decade to put together, before they finally faced off on May 2, 2015. The American star won comfortably, and Pacquiao would later reveal that he fought with an injured right shoulder.
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