Floyd Mayweather quashes talks of rematch with Manny Pacquiao after video goes viral

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It is fair to say that there was a bit of a frenzy over the weekend when a video was released showing Floyd Mayweather confirming that a rematch with Manny Pacquiao was on the cards.

In the video, the 42-year-old states that he is on his way to Saudi Arabia where the supposed rematch would take place.

While some boxing fans were apathetic to the situation, believing that the pair are no longer relevant, the majority of supporters across social media were excited about the prospect of two legendary fighters returning to the ring.

However, it has since been revealed that the footage was recorded last year for promotional purposes, with the man himself confirming this.

“The video that y'all been seeing is false because I've been went to Saudi Arabia. I went there a
long time ago,” Mayweather told fighthype.com, as per Boxing Scene.

“I talked to them about me fighting there, just different fights, but they wanted me to specifically say Manny Pacquiao. And actually, we didn't just talk about boxing; we talked about different events; us bringing different events out there.

“Basically, that's an old video. At the end of the day, there's no talks about me and Manny Pacquiao fighting a rematch. Even if we did fight, all they're going to do is have an excuse, just like the first time.

“But as far as me and Manny Pacquiao, as of right now, it will never be a rematch.”

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The first fight between the pair took place in 2015 after years of negotiations and was billed as the ‘Fight of the Century’, with the American taking the victory via unanimous decision.

Talk of a rematch heightened after the fight, with Pacquiao claiming he had contested the bout while suffering from an injury to his arm.

However, with Mayweather’s latest comments, it seems that a rematch is far from likely.

The American last appeared in the ring against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, with the fight ending prematurely after Nasukawa was knocked to the ground three times in the opening round.

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