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Mayweather interested in Pacquiao REMATCH in 2020

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By Allan Fox: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is planning on fighting TWICE in 2020, and one of the 2 fights could be a rematch against Manny Pacquiao, according to TMZ. Mayweather will be working with UFC boss Dana White. One of Mayweather’s two fights in 2020 is being targeted for the new Raider stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mayweather will likely be a HUGE underdog against Pacquiao at this point. In Mayweather’s last two fights against MMA guys Tenshin Nasukawa and Conor McGregor, his reflexes looked badly slowed, and not what they were when he retired in 2015.

Pacquiao has stayed active with his boxing career, and is fighting at a high level still. Against McGregor and Tenshin, Mayweather looked like an old guy that had lost his speed, and was easy to hit.

Mayweather mentioned last year that he was interested in fighting UFC star Khabib. Conor McGregor wants a rematch with Mayweather. That would be a tough sell to try and push a rematch between the two on the U.S public. A match against one of those two guys would be ideal for the Raider stadium.

On Friday, Mayweather announced on his Instagram amount that he’s coming out of retirement in 2020, and he would be working with Dana to give fans a “another spectacular event.” A rematch against Pacquiao would definitely fit the description of being a “SPECTACULAR” event if Mayweather chooses to make the fight.

Mayweather wants to fight in May & September

The 42-year-old Mayweather’s bouts are being targeted for May and September. This could impact superstar Saul Canelo Alvarez if Mayweather intends on fighting on the Mexican holidays in those two months.

In the last six years of Mayweather’s career against REAL boxers, he fought on the Mexican holidays from 2009 to 2015. He fought on those dates, because it helped bring in a lot more PPV buys from the hardcore fans.

If Mayweather chooses to take both the May and September dates, Canelo will have to make a decision whether to compete with him for those dates or move off of them. Canelo has done that in the past in giving the dates to Mayweather.

In a game a chicken, one of the two stars will need to move off the May and September dates. If they both fight on the holidays, they’ll end up with fewer fans watching their fights.

Mayweather wants crossover fight against a UFC star

The other fight that Mayweather is interested in is a crossover match against one of the UFC stars. In other words, it would be another Conor McGregor type of fight. Another one of those fights might interest MMA fans, but not people from the boxing world. They’ve already seen how hopelessly one-sided Mayweather’s fights are when he fights MMA guys, and it’s not worth watching again.

Khabib would likely be the guy that Mayweather would be targeting, but it would be up to Dana White whether he would do that one. McGregor’s career in the UFC went belly up after he lost to Mayweather in 2017. Conor made $100 million for the fight, and he’s not shown the same ambition and drive that he had before getting that big payday. The last thing White needs is for Khabib to lose interest in competing in the UFC, and retiring at the height of his career after a loss to Mayweather.

Mayweather might be overmatched against Pacquiao

Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) is the fighter that Mayweather is the most interested in, according to the latest news. That would be an appealing fight for a lot of boxing fans, as they’ve wanted to see a rematch between Mayweather and the Filipino star since they fought in 2015.

This is the ideal time for Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) to be fighting Pacquiao, who is coming off of a BIG victory over Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman last July. Mayweather will receive a lot more credit from the boxing world if he beats Pacquiao now than if he waits until he loses or vacates his WBA 147-lb title.

The main criticism about the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, besides the lack of action, was Pacquiao revealing afterwards that he’d fought with an injured shoulder. That angered a lot of boxing fans, because many of them had paid a lot of money to see the fight. They wanted to Pacquiao to be at his best, and he seemed to be holding back.

Mayweather announces he’s coming out of retirement in 2020

“Coming out of retirement in 2020,” said Mayweather on his Instagram site. “@danawhite and I working together again to bring the world another spectacular event in 2020.”

Mayweather defeated Pacquiao by a 12 round unanimous decision May 2, 2015 in the ‘Fight of the Century. The bout broke pay-per-view records, and made both fighters a lot of money. Mayweather by the scores 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110. That version of Mayweather no longer exists. He’s lost his hand speed and reflexes that he had back in 2015, which isn’t surprising.

Does Mayweather have anything left?

Mayweather has been living the soft life of a millionaire in the last four years, and he’s been fighting real boxers. Yeah, Mayweather had two easy fights against MMA guys, but that was against fighters with no talent or skills in the sport of boxing. Mayweather could have an amateur boxer and gotten a far better fight. The fighter that we saw beat Tenshin and McGregor will be DESTROYED by Pacquiao.

That fight has mismatch written all over it, and reminds one of how Sugar Ray Leonard wound up after he came out of  a six-year retirement to fight Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho in 1997. Leonard’s once great hand speed was gone, as well as his reflexes when he fought Camacho, and he was easily stopped in 5 rounds. That fight showed that you CANNOT be a part-time boxer at the world level.

The boxing fans aren’t all that interested in seeing Mayweather fight yet another MMA fighter, as his last two bouts have been against those fighters and they weren’t compelling to watch. In fact, they were very, very poor matches. For the money fans paid to see Mayweather fight McGregor, they got little action in return.

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