All the talk surrounding Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently has been dominated by speculation the boxing great could come out of retirement for a 'mega-fight' with UFC superstar Conor McGregor.
But, away from rumours of a cross-sport clash, there is another fight that continues to create debate - a Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao rematch.
That debate only increased yesterday when it was revealed the 49-0 fighter has made two unscheduled visits to his long-time rival's Hollywood gym this month, one time speaking with Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach.
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According to Roach, however, there wasn't a single word spoken about a potential rematch when he the retired boxer turned up at the Wild Card Boxing Club.
They did, though, share what Roach described as a "very nice talk," before the legendary trainer gave Mayweather a rather unusual gift.
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As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Roach - who has known Mayweather for decades - gave the 39-year-old "a speed bag painted with Mayweather’s face that Pacquiao was supposed to punch during his training for their May 2015 super-fight."
The bag, Roach claims, was never actually used by Pacquiao out of respect for his opponent. You can see what the unique gift looks like below:
“I thought Mayweather would like it. He did, so I gave it to him,” said the 56-year-old former boxer.
In terms of Mayweather vs Pacquiao II, Roach admitted he himself was surprised the subject didn't come up:
“We talked a little bit — not about the fight. Not one word about fighting...He has a home here now, and this might be the only gym he knows around here.
“But it’s interesting. I keep waiting for him to bring [a Pacquiao rematch] up, but he hasn’t, so I don’t.”
From what Roach had to say, it certainly looks like Mayweather's recent visits to Pacquiao's usual Hollywood gym have been more social than anything business.
Nevertheless, as has been seen with the recent McGregor fight discussion, you can never rule Mayweather out of anything.
While he probably won't use his punching bag gift himself, there is no doubt that the five-division champion will be keeping himself in shape just in case the right opportunity arises.
Only time will tell if that opportunity happens to be against an old nemesis in Pacquiao - himself busy in retirement as a senator in the Philippines - McGregor, or away from the boxing ring altogether.
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