By Miguel Rivera
Last Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao called out Floyd Mayweather Jr for a rematch after retaining his WBA “regular” welterweight title against Adrien Broner.
Mayweather watched ringside as Pacquiao defended his belt by unanimous points decision in Las Vegas on Saturday – the Filipino’s 61st professional victory.
Even at the age of 40, Pacquiao showed speed and skill to ease past Broner at MGM Grand Garden Arena, where judges scored the fight 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112.
Afterwards, Pacquiao (61-7-2) talked up a rematch with 42-year-old American Mayweather (50-0), who won the pair’s 2015 meeting by unanimous decision.
“God gave me this good health and blessings and at the age of 40 I can still do this,” said Pacquiao, who was back in the ring after winning the belt with a dominant seventh-round knockout of Lucas Matthysse in July.
“I wanted to push more but my trainer said it would be careless, to wait for him and counter so that’s what I did. Tell Floyd to come back to the ring and we will fight, I’m willing to fight Floyd.”
Mayweather announced his retirement following victory over UFC star Conor McGregor in August 2017, leaving his professional record at 50-0.
However, Mayweather defeated Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukaw in an exhibition last month.
According to Mayweather Promotions CEO, Leonard Ellerbe, the 42-year-old five division world champion is not planning to return.
“I didn’t get a chance to ask [Mayweather] about what he thought about the performance [of Pacquiao]. We actually talked about some business that he had just coming back from Saudi Arabia. He was sitting ringside and watching as a fan, and as a promoter. And it was a very good and entertaining fight,” Ellerbe told ESPN Deportes.
“I’m sure that anyone would want to negotiate with Floyd Mayweather, but again Floyd Mayweather is retired. There is a number of excellent fighters that Manny Pacquiao can fight in the welterweight division. He’s shown that he is still an elite fighter. There is Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Errol Spence, even Mikey Garcia who is fighting Errol in a welterweight clash in March, and Shawn Porter.
“The welterweight division is thriving, there are a number of great fighters, so Manny Pacquiao has unlimited options.”