Manny Pacquiao hints at possible rematch with Floyd Mayweather following Jessie Vargas win

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Manny Pacquiao has set the rumour mill going by hinting that a possible rematch with the undefeated - though now retired - ex-world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather may not be completely out of the question.

Mayweather sat at ringside last night and watched on as his former welterweight rival did battle against Jessie Vargas for the WBO world championship at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Filipino southpaw Pacquiao reclaimed the World Boxing Organisation's welterweight title for the third time in his career with a win coming by way of a unanimous decision over former champion Vargas.

The fight was hailed as the big come-back fight for Pacquiao, now aged 37, and to achieve the victory he had to overcome an opponent with far superior height and reach advantages in Vargas.

Pacquiao's first success of the fight came in the second round when he knocked Vargas to the canvas with a short right-hand counter-punch.

From then on the fight was pretty much a one-sided affair, much to the delight of the 16,150 spectators in attendance.

The 'Pac-Man' took home the spoils with all three judges scoring the bout in his favour. Two of them scored the bout 118-109, and the third gave Pacquiao the win by a scoreline of 114-113.

In a post fight interview Pacquiao said, via the Telegraph: "I feel happy, I'm trying every round to knock him down but also not be careless."


The Filipino fighter has had a long association with the WBO world championship. He won it for the first time in November 2009 by beating Miguel Cotto via a technical knock-out in the twelfth round of the contest.

He then lost his welterweight belt to Timothy Bradley via a controversial split decision in a bout that was billed as 'The Perfect Storm'. The fight took place on June 9, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The rematch with Bradley took place at the same venue on April 12, 2014 and this time the bout was labelled in the media 'Vindication'. The Pac-Man took back his WBO crown winning by a unanimous decision.

Pacquiao then lost his title again, though, this time his opponent was the undefeated pound for pound, king of the ring Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Mayweather rematch

The fight was branded as the biggest fight in boxing history when the two seasoned champions met at the MGM Grand in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, on May 2, 2015.

'Money' Mayweather won the fight by way of a unanimous decision after Pacquiao turned in a below par display that saw him seemingly unwilling to throw the fast, hard-hitting combinations that over the years his fans had become accustomed to.

Mayweather had a front row seat to last night's fight and when questioned about the presence of his former rival at ringside, Pacquiao said: "Yes I invited him to come tonight." 

He was then asked if he wanted a rematch with Mayweather and his response was: "We will see," via the Telegraph.

Of course this comment has set the cogs turning in peoples minds to the prospect of another great super-fight between these two world-class athletes, and one thing is for sure, if the money is right then we can safely say that 'Money May' will certainly take the bout into consideration.

Will the fight be able to generate his highly publicised customary fight purse of $100 million though? 

Will Pacquiao and Mayweather fight again? If so, who will win? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Saul Alvarez
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