Before Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao's long-awaited fight even began Saturday, talk bubbled about a potential rematch.
Before Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao's long-awaited fight even began Saturday, there were questions about whether there would be a rematch.
Mayweather insisted there be no rematch clause in the fight contract, according to the Associated Press. And one barrier to a rematch could be logistical: This fight took years to set up, and another one might not be worth the headache.
"A rematch is so down the road," Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum said, according to AP. "And the idea I'd have to deal with these people again is one I don't want to think about."
But Saturday's fight promises to be the richest of all time, and many observers think the prospect of another bout of that magnitude will be too difficult to pass up.
From the AP:
"If this fight becomes a close fight, a good fight, I think the decision will go to Manny," heavyweight title-holder Deontay Wilder said. "You've got to keep in mind that the rematch is more money. They're making hella money now, but the rematch is more money, or even a draw of a good fight is more money."
Boxing history is littered with rematches, some more successful than others. What they generally have in common, though, is that the first fight was good enough to keep fans wanting more.
A draw Saturday would likely prompt a rematch, and many fans believe a Mayweather loss — ruining his undefeated record — would trigger a second fight, whereas a Mayweather victory would make a rematch less likely.
Mayweather said after the fight that he will fight one more time before he retires in September.
Here's what the Twitter world had to say on the subject Saturday night.
With all the money involved with this fight, I wouldn't be surprised by a draw and rematch.— Stephen Payaslian (@StevePayaslian) May 3, 2015
Draw prop bet at MGM Grand started at 22/1 was bet down to 6/1 yesterday. Still getting bet. Now down to 5/1. Easiest result to a rematch.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 2, 2015
only way i see Mayweather losing is if the judges cheat him in the end cuz Vegas wants a rematch which will generate even more money— The Other Da Don (@JohnJohnDaDon) May 2, 2015
Guarantee you the fight somehow ends in a draw so there will be a rematch. Remember this tweet— Tyler Krym (@Tkrym702) May 3, 2015