Floyd Mayweather may have left the MGM Grand arena a happy man on Saturday evening - a clinical in-ring performance putting paid to Manny Pacquiao's hopes of an upset win.
Judging by the boos that rang out after the judge's unanimous decision was announced, though, there were fews others left satisfied by the fight that was billed as the biggest in boxing history.
Glimmer of hope
Indeed, any appetite for a rematch appears to be low at present as people come to terms with the disappointing spectacle. Regardless, a text sent by Floyd Mayweather in the aftermath of the bout, revealed today, will inevitably spark the interest of even the most bitter fan.
Speaking in his role as co-anchor of ESPN's 'First Takes', Stephen A. Smith revealed that he was the recipient of a text message from the US boxer in which the fighter said he was open to a Pacquiao rematch in 2016.
So, after having to wait nye on six years to see the two foes finally go toe-to-toe in the ring, it looks like it could be under 12 months before we get to see it all again.
Unfortunately, with the lacklustre response to Mayweather's show of strength over the weekend coupled with news of Manny Pacquiao's impending injury layoff, the text offer does not necessarily mean MayPac 2 is a sure thing.
Manny Pacquiao surprised many onlookers on May 2nd, the Filipino throwing less punches than Floyd Mayweather whilst struggling to exert any sort of meaningful pressure on his nemesis.
Since the final bell though it has emerged that the popular fighter entered the contest with a shoulder injury that effectively ruled out any right handed punches, perhaps explaining the lack of fireworks.
Reports today suggest that Pacquiao is now set to go under the knife to fix the issue and, with a recovery timeline slated at anywhere between four and twelve months, plans for a rematch may have already been scuppered.
On Floyd Mayweather's part, likely having one eye on Rocky Marciano's 49-0 record now that he himself has reached number 48, it makes sense that he is now happy to discuss a Manny Pacquiao rematch having dispatched the veteran without too much trouble on Saturday night.
And we all know; where there's a will (and a boat load of cash) there's a way, so watch this space.
What do you think? Do you want to see a rematch, and would Pacquiao stand a better chance in 2016? Let us know in the comments section below...
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