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‘Mayweather will fight Pacman again’

AMERICAN trainer Rick Staheli, who led eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao to his first world title—the World Boxing Council flyweight crown with a spectacular eighth-round knockout of Thai hero Chatchai Sasakul, believes Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight the Filipino in a rematch when a new 20,000-seat, state-of-the art venue, which the MGM Grand Garden Arena Casino moguls are building within walking distance of the old venue, is finished.

Dick Powell of the Daily Mail claimed that no matter how many times Mayweather says his career ended with his record-equaling 49th fight, most of the boxing world expect to see him back in the ring next year.

Powell reported that Mayweather, the former pound-for-pound king, will probably “respectfully observe his retirement for a year, give Manny Pacquiao time to come back from injury with an impressive win in the spring and then do another mega-buck re-match during the Mexico independence weekend next September. That is his other annual date.”

Never mind that the so-called Fight of the Century between Mayweather and Pacquiao last May was anti-climactic—and an expensive one at that for those paying tens of thousands of dollars for a ticket and a hundred bucks for pay-per-view television subscriptions.

But both Powell and Staheli agree that a rematch is still the biggest money fight out there. Even if they rake in less than 50 percent of the half-billion dollar gross from that non-event, Mayweather will bank more than another $100 million, and Pacquiao just under that figure.

Staheli told The Standard/boxingmirror.com that Mayweather “is a numbers’ guy and although beating heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0 didn’t mean anything, Floyd wants to go  50-0 and maybe have one or two more fights because the Andre Berto fight was like a sparring session.”

While both Mayweather and Pacquiao cannot make anything as close as what they made in their first fight, it would still enable both men to make some big money.

Staheli was sure the rematch would be “a better fight,” especially if Pacquiao is completely healed following surgery on a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder,

The well-known American trainer, who keeps track of all the developments in boxing through a number of contacts in the US boxing scene, said that “Floyd was serious in training for the first fight and because in his mind he won that fight real easy, he may not train as hard for the rematch.”

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