What may have prompted Mayweather to seek Pacquiao rematch

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 15 2018 10:05 PM | Updated as of Sep 16 2018 07:32 AM

It looks like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will go at it again. File/Reuters

It looks like fans will see Manny Pacquiao fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. again.

And they will have to thank Pacquiao's recent knockout win for it, according to one fight analyst.

"Well, Pacquiao ended his knockout drought and people are again talking about him," Ed Tolentino said, referring to the Pinoy boxer's seventh-round stoppage win over Lucas Matthysse in July.

Tolentino said this made Pacquiao more marketable in the eyes of the American boxer.

"Mayweather is always on the lookout for a big money match and I don't think anybody will buy another match with an MMA-cum-boxer foe," he said, alluding to Conor McGregor, who was soundly defeated by Mayweather last year.

A rematch will also put a closure to Pacquiao's controversial loss to Mayweather back in 2015.

The Filipino boxer claimed he was practically fighting one-handed after "re-injuring" his right shoulder.

Although Tolentino said he believes Pacquiao will have a better chance of beating Mayweather this time, he acknowledged that Mayweather will still come in as the favorite.

"Mayweather is still the favorite. He will run again, employ the same hit and snore, er, hit and run, approach," he said.

Tolentino also pointed out that the rematch will be a "money fight" and won't do much to the legacy of both fighters.

"This rematch will just be about money, with both men looking for a healthy retirement package, their 'Golden Parachute,'" he said.

The first fight generated 4.6 million buys and more than $410 million in revenue. 

"Will people still come out for the rematch? If the rematch generates only half the interest shown by the boxing public in the first match, it will still be a hit," said Tolentino.

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