“It’s hard to say right now,” said Pacquiao, 37, the winner of world titles in eight weight divisions, told AFP news service.
“I made my decision already that after this fight I (will) retire. But I am not saying that, you know, boxing is closed to me. You never know.”
There is only one fight that would pay Pacquiao enough to come out of retirement, and that is Mayweather. That is why a rematch of the two greats is still a possibility, in addition to the fact we know this is boxing, so every freaking thing is always possible.
There is no doubt in my mind that If the money was right, it wouldn’t be hard to bring Mayweather out of retirement. Floyd loves the spotlight, and he loves money. And, after cruising to an easy victory in their first match last spring, Mayweather sees Pacquiao as easy pickings.
Nonethelss, who could blame Pacquiao for taking on Mayweather again? Win or lose, he will win at the bank, which only increases his nest egg as he heads into retirement, and a possible political career. He also could be looking for an extra payday after losing Nike as a sponsor. The company dropped Pacquiao as a sponsor for his anti-gay comments. On Monday, Pacquiao compared homosexuals to animals during an interview.
Now, it would be hard to imagine the box approaching the enormous $600 million figure of the first fight, but there is enough money out there to bring Mayweather back.
Of course, if they did fight again, it wouldn’t be much drama…just another Mayweather victory.