‘Tell him to come back to the ring and we will fight!’: Manny Pacquiao calls out Floyd Mayweather for rematch as pair share warm embrace in dressing room before the fight
Nathan Salt For Mailonline
Manny Pacquaio told Floyd Mayweather to ‘come back to the ring’ as the 40-year-old Filipino called out the American for a rematch.
Pacquaio had seconds earlier been told the news that he had retained his WBA ‘regular’ welterweight title following a unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner in Las Vegas.
But all eyes soon switched to a ringside Mayweather, who warmly embraced his rival in the dressing room before the fight, with Pacquaio keen to avenge for a defeat earlier in his career.
Floyd Mayweather embraced Manny Pacquiao in his dressing room before his latest fight
Pacquaio produced a stunning performance on Saturday to beat Adrien Broner in Las Vegas
Mayweather watched from ringside as Pacquaio called him out to agree to a rematch fight
Fresh from victory, the Filipino said he is ‘willing’ to fight Mayweather if he returns to boxing
On the prospect of a Floyd Mayweather rematch, Pacquaio told Showtime: ‘Tell him to come back to the ring and we will fight!
‘I am willing to fight again if he is willing to come back in boxing.’
Mayweather gave no reaction when the camera panned on him as he opted to stay out of the ring and the limelight with the crowd desperate to learn if the two will have another dust-up.
Pacquaio is keen to avenge for the defeat at the hands of Mayweather in Vegas four years ago
A 42-year-old Mayweather watched on ringside as Pacquaio put on a show against Broner
Fans roared inside the MGM Grand as Pacquaio sent a pointed message to Mayweather as he looks to make amends for the defeat at the hands of the American at the same venue four years ago.
That one too came by a unanimous decision and with both over the age of 40, time is running out to secure one of the biggest fights in boxing at this moment.
It was telling that Mayweather decided to watch potentially his next opponent up close and personal from ringside.
He was one of the co-promoters for the event given his involvement with fellow American Badou Jack, who lost his bout as part of the undercard.
The pair first met in 2015 in one of the most lucrative fights ever with a prize purse of £230m
When the camera panned to him, he said nothing after the call-out and just put up a No 1 sign
Fans are continuing to ask why a rematch has not already been agreed after Mayweather appeared to suggest he had been tempted into coming back to boxing back in September.
‘I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year,’ Mayweather, who ran into Pacquiao in Japan, said in an Instagram post. ‘Another nine-figure payday on the way.’
Having put on such an impressive performance against an opponent 11 years his junior, Pacquaio will be confident he can avenge for defeat to Mayweather but it remains unclear if the ‘Money man’ will make a top-level return having turned his attentions to exhibition bouts.
It was Pacquaio’s first fight since turning 40 but he excelled against a much younger opponent
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