Espinoza: Mayweather “Up In The Air” On Manny Rematch
While many are pinning the winner of January 19th’s Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner title fight to face Floyd Mayweather later this year, the undefeated boxer is still retired.
“Manny has made no secret of the fact that if he beats Broner, he wants a rematch versus Floyd,” Stephen Espinoza, Showtime’s president of sports and event programming, told BoxingScene.com. “There’s no question on that. Floyd seems a little bit more torn. There certainly was their encounter in Tokyo last fall, which got everyone buzzing. But we also heard him a couple weeks ago, again in Tokyo, saying, ‘Look, I’m retired.’ So, I’m not sure it’s a foregone conclusion.”
When asked if Mayweather is game for a rematch after returning for an exhibition on New Year’s Eve against kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, Espinoza believes there is a 50-50 shot of it happening.
“I think Floyd likes the idea of a rematch and being in another big event, and certainly is attracted by what he would earn in that fight,” Espinoza said. “But at the same time, I think there is a big portion of Floyd that is satisfied with what he accomplished in his career and he doesn’t particularly feel a need to go back into camp and do it all over again.
“So, from Floyd’s perspective, it’s up in the air. I think there is interest, but at the end of the day, Floyd is tough to predict. He is his own man. He’s gonna do it his way, and I think it will be sort of how he feels. Maybe, you know, what’s in his head on January 20th and after that.”
Pacquiao and Broner headline for the WBA “regular” welterweight title on January 19th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Showtime Pay-Per-View.
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