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Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. 2019: Rematch Unlikely to Happen; Errol Spence Jr. Calls Out Filipino Slugger

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The rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. still hasn’t progressed to a significant narrative as the latter seems uninterested in the sequel. Indeed, the undefeated boxer has already confirmed that he’ll have several exhibition matches this year that would yield him millions.

Floyd Mayweather Jr said that his first match in 2019 will be against a former Japanese fighter that has yet to be named. The fight will reportedly pay Mayweather a hefty $10 million, with the rest of the exhibition matches paying him a total of $80 million. Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao is still undecided who he wants to fight, although there are already fighters that are being considered, The Straits Times reported.

Reigning IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. are among those that have come forward to challenge the Filipino icon. The 28-year-old said that he’s willing to fight Manny Pacquiao in his home turf or any place for that matter. Spence is quite confident in his ability to take on Pacman, recalling recently his previous sparring match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and how much he has learned from that bout.

“Floyd is just smart man,” Spence said. “I mean, like, you can always tell he’s thinking. He’s always thinking. You can’t take any time off. He’s always on target to land a punch. He’s always looking. You’re throwing at him — he’s always slipping. He’s still looking at you. He’s never turned away looking at you. It’s cat-like reflexes to him. [Floyd Mayweather Jr] just puts everything together. The dude is like perfect.” The cat-like reflexes that Spence mentioned have been Mayweather’s bread and butter throughout his career and Manny Pacquaio got a taste of it firsthand.

Their 2015 match was one of the most anticipated fights in boxing history but proved to be a letdown when Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn’t engage Manny Pacquiao head on. Of course, given the American boxer’s style of fighting, this was expected. Unfortunately, casual boxing fans weren’t too thrilled to see it as they were expecting a slugfest between the two fighters.

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