Manny Pacquiao wants a rematch with Floyd Mayweather and has called him out to come out of retirement to make it happen. In his words, “Let’s do a second one” after getting his first knockout win in nine years over Lucas Matthysse.
The Philippine senator who is still fighting despite his political office fought the dangerous Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, well aware of the implications of a defeat on his boxing career.
Despite the odds considering his age, Manny Pacquiao set a new record in a 23 year story by becoming the only man to go through eight weight divisions and win world titles in all.
Pacquiao though almost 40 years old seems very fit and back to being the quick and ruthless boxer who was rated the “best pound for pound fighter” between 2000 and 2010.
He fought Floyd Mayweather in a well publicized match in 2015 losing a points decision to the unbeaten Mayweather (50-0) in a fight rated as one of the richest in boxing history with a take home purse of over $300 million.
Manny Pacquiao who has a win-loss-draw record of 60-7-2, had to undergo a surgery on a damaged shoulder that he claimed had restricted his movement and punching power after the Mayweather fight.
The Filipino legend is already considering his options for next fight after defeating Matthysse in a seventh round knockout. The next fight could take place in November or December.
“Mayweather? If he decides to go back to boxing then that is the time we are going to call the shots,” an effervescent Pacquiao told reporters at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur after his stunning win.
“I have the belt, so it’s up to him. If he wants to come back in boxing let’s do a second one,” he grinned.
He also mentioned Amir Khan, British former light welterweight champion as a potential opponent.
“My next fight, I want to defend my belt,” Pacquiao said.
Manny Pacquiao also revealed plans to carry on fighting past his 40th birthday despite the additional demands of his political office.
“If boxing is not my passion, I would not fight again,” Pacquiao said.
“It’s like I’m addicted to boxing and I really love to fight and bring honour to my country.”
The other possible opponents are three-weight world champion, Terrence Crawford and a rematch with Jeff Horn, who defeated pacquiao in Brisbane a year ago.
Bob Arum, Veteran boxing promoter, has also brought up the possibility of a superfight with his three-belt lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, but this would involved Pacquiao coming down from 147 to 140 or 135 pounds, weight divisions he fought last 10 years ago.
These are all options, but for now Manny Pacquiao is heading back to his job as a legislator in his country. The man who is adored and loved in his country for his boxing and philanthropic exploits may one day run for the president of his country, the Phillipines.
“There’s going to be a lot of work in the office,” he said with a grin