A survey from the online sports site Bleacher Report has found that most boxing fans would buy a pay per view ticket to watch a rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Bleacher asked fans visiting their site to answer the following question: “Would you buy a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch?”
Out of the 2,000 plus that responded, 60 percent said they would.
Mayweather beat Pacquiao by a unanimous decision on May 2 in Las Vegas and the long-awaited fight was a bonanza for both fighters, and the promoters Top Rank and Showtime. The fight genrated 5.63 million pay per view buy-ins and estimates on Mayweather’s paycheck are north of $200 million.
It was a bout that beat every boxing match record in existence – most by a lot – but many were unhappy with the fight’s quality and those who bet on Pacquiao cried foul upon hearing the Filipino fighter fought with an undisclosed injured shoulder.
But while it looks as if fans are willing to support a rematch no one has said there will be one. Mayweater, 38, now 48-0 in his career, has a Sept. 12 bout in Las Vegas against Andre Berto and insists he will then retire. However, there are those, like Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, who do not believe that Money Mayweather will stop then. Be hard to resist a chance to retire at 50-0, no?
And hard to resist the money a Mayweather – Pacquiao rematch would generate.