Father Time will always be undefeated, but Floyd Mayweather, who closed out his legendary career on his own terms Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena, came about close as any fighter can come.
Manny Pacquiao has kindly thrown a little more fuel on the fire where a fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is concerned. According to an exclusive Fox Sports report, the Filipino boxing star (and senator in his home country) has indicated that if Mayweather—his longtime nemesis—isn’t willing to come out of retirement and throw down with the MMA megastar, he’ll gladly give it a shot.
The speculation began again on Saturday night. In Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao returned to the ring for a fight with Jessie Vargas. Sitting ringside was Floyd Mayweather. Pacquiao reportedly invited him and Mayweather’s decision to show up has led many to believe that he will soon give Pacquiao a chance to avenge his blowout 2015 loss to the man they call “Money.”
Floyd Mayweather seems happily retired—aside from the regular and likely meaningless doses of smack talk from Conor McGregor—but it looks like Manny Pacquiao isn’t done yet. In a title bout against Jessie Vargas in Vegas on November 5, Pacquiao showed that he’s still a total pro and precise tactician in the ring. He ended up with the WBO welterweight title for his troubles. And Mayweather was watching.
In the years—sigh, yes, years—leading up to Floyd Mayweather‘s May 2, 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao, one of the hang-ups during negotiations between the two sides was drug testing. Mayweather wanted very strict Olympic-style drug testing policies put into place, but Pacquiao wasn’t on board with taking that approach. It’s one of the many reasons it took forever for the so-called “Fight of the Century” to happen.
For nearly six years Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and their respective camps traded jabs outside the ring as the public yearned to see the sport’s two biggest stars face-off. The two boxers finally squared off last month after a series of tortured negotiations. Was it worth the wait? Most boxing fans would argue no, as Pacquiao delivered a listless performance, no doubt impacted by a torn rotator cuff, and Mayweather put on his usual defensive clinic. But for the fighters and everyone involved in the bout, it was an absolute knockout from a financial perspective.
The check was for $100 million, a payday so mind boggling that Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn’t help but show it to a few reporters when the night was done.