Arum: Mayweather-Pacquiao II Likely
Here we go again? Following Manny Pacquiao’s successful comeback against Jesse Vargas on Saturday, Top Rank CEO discussed a potential rematch between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Mayweather was ringside for the Pacquiao-Vargas fight, prompting boxing fans and pundits to ramp up the speculation. While Floyd said nothing of a rematch during the bout, his presence alone was enough to get the talks going again.
Arum, who has discussed a number of potential fights for Pacquiao, told ESPN that a rematch between Manny and Floyd would be relatively easy to put together.
"Floyd came to the fight and he was very friendly with [Top Rank president] Todd [duBoef] and some of our staff," Arum said. "Now, that doesn’t mean that the fight will happen, but if it does, it won’t take a long time to make because the animosity that was there before the first fight is gone. There’s no more animosity between the camps."
While there are many factors that would come in to play when considering a rematch — Floyd is "retired", for one — Arum puts the odds of the fight coming together as relatively high.
"Like everyone else, I’m guessing there will be a rematch. He did come to the fight," Arum said. "I give it 75 percent. Do I know it’s gonna happen? No. Do I know if Floyd wants the fight? No. I know nothing more than the public knows at this point and what I observed."
The first fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather did not live up to the hype from a competitive standpoint, but it did line Mayweather’s pockets. A rematch would do the same, and could be one of the few fights that would entice Floyd to come out of retirement.