Fans of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather who are waiting for a rematch between the two will be somewhat disappointed to find out that there will be no such thing.
It seems as though the blame can be laid on the American for now as, according to Mayweather Promotions’ CEO Leonard Ellerbe, the 50-0 fighter doesn't have the motivation to come out of retirement once again to challenge Pacquiao, who is the current WBO welterweight champion.
Is Mayweather really lacking motivation or has he been put off by seeing the Filipino beat Adrien Broner rather convincingly in Las Vegas, and then issue a come and fight me plea.
It could be that Mayweather is rather rusty as he has not fought professionally since his 10th-round stoppage victory over UFC fighter Conor McGregor in 2017, and so may want to bide his time and gain some strength and motivation before coming out of retirement to fight again.
The most recent appearance Mayweather made was against Japanese kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition fight in December 2018, where Mayweather completely destroyed his young opponent in one round.
Even though the exhibition wasn’t an official contest, this fight sparked off rumours that Mayweather was considering a return to boxing, and this could be why Pacquiao addressed him in the way he had.
However, these rumours were soon put to bed by Mayweather’s right-hand man Ellerbe, as he stated at Pacquiao’s post-fight press conference that there is no desire or motivation there for a rematch.
"He's retired and has no interest in doing that," Ellerbe said, as per Business Insider.
"He doesn't have the motivation, desire, he's living his best life, travelling, running his multiple businesses, spending his earnings. He'll be 42 in February and enough is enough.
"What good does it do to earn all that money if you can't stick around and spend it. He's broke all the records, he has nothing else to prove. I'm very happy for him."
Despite a rematch potentially being worth hundreds of millions of dollars to both men, Ellerbe said it's not always about the money.
As for Pacquiao, Ellerbe said the former two-weight world champion Danny Garcia and the undefeated welterweight Keith Thurman would be good fights for him, showing he also was trying to push away the fight with Mayweather.
But it's clear Pacquiao only wants to fight one man, despite being beaten by Mayweather via unanimous decision in 2015.
Pacquiao then hung up his gloves after the fight with Mayweather, but then returned a year later and is still not giving up on the hopes of a rematch without a fight.