Boxing: 'No possibility' of Floyd rematch, says Pacquiao aide

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 13 2019 05:41 PM

Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) celebrates after defeating Keith Thurman (not pictured) in their WBA welterweight championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Pacquiao won via split decision. Joe Camporeale, USA Today Sports/Reuters

MANILA, Philippines – As of the moment, a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is out of the question.

This, according to Sean Gibbons, the president of MP Promotions and a close confidante of the Filipino senator. 

"There is no fight, there is no possibility at the moment. Floyd has said numerous times that he's enjoying retirement," Gibbons said at the PSA Forum on Tuesday at the Amelie Hotel in Manila.

Mayweather had outpointed Pacquiao when they fought in May 2015, after half a decade's worth of on-and-off negotiations. Afterward, Pacquiao revealed that he fought despite having an injured shoulder.

Talks of a rematch intensified in the past month, after Pacquiao claimed an impressive victory over Keith Thurman – a fighter 10 years his junior. The "Pacman" and Mayweather exchanged shots at each other on social media, with Mayweather claiming that Pacquiao was using him for clout. Pacquiao, in retort, dared Mayweather to fight him again.

Gibbons made note of the fighters' social media spat on Tuesday, saying: "I see Floyd loves to use Manny’s name, but he accuses the senator of using his name."

The matchmaker acknowledged that Pacquiao and Mayweather are "tied together" in boxing history, but also expressed his belief that Pacquiao's legacy is "driving Floyd a little bonkers."

"Ever since they fought in 2015, the Senator's been on a roller-coaster," said Gibbons. "He had some ups and downs, but once he was able to sign up with Al Haymon at the PBC (Premier Boxing Champions), his career seemed to have rejuvenated."

"At 40 years old, he’s creating history, he’s doing things that are unprecedented at the welterweight division. Nobody has done what he’s done recently," he stressed.

While Pacquiao continues to fight, Mayweather has repeatedly said that he is content in his retirement. 

"I wish I could give you the answers," said Gibbons. "The only answer is that Floyd Mayweather knows."

"The senator doesn’t base his life around Mayweather, but Floyd Mayweather seems to base his life around the senator now," he added.

"He's a big fan of the Senator, he comes to all of his fights," Gibbons pointed out. "We appreciate that. We'll let things unfold, let's see what happens."

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