NEW YORK – Talk of a rematch with Floyd Mayweather must wait until after January’s WBA welterweight title defence against Adrien Broner, Manny Pacquiao said on Monday.
“Floyd, if he comes out of retirement, we will see after this fight,” said Pacquiao when asked about former champion Mayweather at a news conference to promote his January 19 fight with Broner in Las Vegas.
“But we cannot underestimate Adrien Broner, we cannot underestimate this fight. I have to get through this fight first before we talk about the rematch with Floyd Mayweather.”
There has been speculation about a rematch ever since Mayweather scored a unanimous decision over Pacquiao, who later said he was hampered by a right shoulder injury, in a 2015 bout that was dubbed “The Fight of the Century”, but never lived up to its billing.
American Mayweather, 41, retired in 2017 with a 50-0 record, and said on Instagram in September that a rematch of the much-hyped 2015 fight would take place this year.