Manny Pacquiao teases Floyd Mayweather rematch.

Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has teased fans about a possible rematch with Floyd Mayweather, smiling as he gamely showed off a suit with pictures of himself and Mayweather on the lining.

Pacquiao, 37, posted on his social media accounts Monday a photo of himself wearing the suit with his picture on the right side of the coat and Mayweather’s on the left.

“Like my jacket?”, Pacquiao, who was elected to the Philippines Senate in May, captioned the photo.

Pacquiao’s post, which had received 215,000 likes on Facebook by Tuesday, fuelled talk of “Pacquiao-Mayweather 2” which began after he won the World Boxing Organization welterweight title from Jessie Vargas earlier this month.

Mayweather had taken up an invitation from Pacquiao to watch the Filipino multiple world champion’s Las Vegas comeback from ringside.

Pacquiao said after the fight that he was eager to avenge his 2015 loss to Mayweather in the richest fight in history.

“Not only for myself, but the fans of boxing want the rematch, then why not? We can easily talk about that it is not a problem,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said last week a rematch was likely.

“I give it 75 percent,” Arum told ESPN.

“Do I know it’s gonna happen? No. Do I know if Floyd wants the fight? No. I know nothing more than the public knows at this point and what I observed.”

Pacquiao’s camp said Tuesday, however, that talk of a rematch could wait.

“Boxing is not yet in his mind right now,” Pacquiao’s media relations chief Aquiles Zonio told AFP. “He’s focusing on his legislative works.

“It will be known by January when will be his next fight and who will be his next opponent.”

Pacquiao Pays Tribute To Ali ‘The Greatest’

Manny Pacquiao, one of the greatest boxers of his generation, led Philippine tributes to Muhammad Ali on Saturday, as he joined his fellow countrymen in mourning the American legend’s death.

“We lost a giant today,” Pacquiao, the only man in boxing history to win world titles in eight different weight divisions, said in a statement.

“Boxing benefited from Muhammad Ali’s talents but not nearly as much as mankind benefited from his humanity. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Ali family,” Pacquiao added.

The boxing-crazy Asian nation was the scene of one of Ali’s greatest triumphs, the epic “Thrilla in Manila” on October 1, 1975, when he scored a 14th round technical knockout of Joe Frazier in their third and last fight.

A Manila shopping mall, built near the coliseum that hosted the bout, unfurled a large poster of Ali on Saturday in tribute. Hours before the family announced Ali’s death, Pacquiao, who won a seat in the country’s Senate in last month’s elections, posted Ali’s picture in his Instagram account and urged fans to “keep Muhammad Ali in your thoughts and prayers”.

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I’m Ready To Fight Again Next Year- Pacquiao

Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao said on Wednesday he was recovering well after surgery for a shoulder injury, a news report said.

“I’m ready to fight, next year,’’ he said in Indonesia when he was asked whether he was ready for a re-match with Floyd Mayweather after their fight in May, a website reported.

Pacquiao tore a rotator cuff in his right shoulder while on training and during the much-anticipated fight against Mayweather on May 2 and underwent surgery afterwards. Pacquiao lost the fight by unanimous decision.

“I’m fine. I can lift it,’’ Pacquiao said, gesturing with his right arm during a trip to Indonesia to film a commercial’’.

Several lawsuits have been filed against Pacquiao and his promoters for allegedly failing to disclose his shoulder injury before the fight against Mayweather, the most lucrative bout in history.

Reports in his home country, the Philippines, said that he was planning to visit a Philippine woman facing execution in Indonesia for drug trafficking.

Pacquiao, who also heads a Philippine parliamentary commission on migrant workers, appealed to Indonesian President Joko Widodo in April to show clemency to Veloso.

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Mayweather Mocks Pacquiao, Says ‘Winners Win, Losers Have Excuses’

Floyd Mayweather has mocked his beaten opponent Manny Pacquiao on Instagram, after the Filipino revealed that he had fought in the fight, which Mayweather won convincingly on points, on Saturday with an injured shoulder.

Mayweather posted a picture on his account today, writing: “19 years in the fight game and I’ve had one excuse: “Don’t have an excuse”. Winners win and losers have excuses.”

The post has emerged following a report that Mayweather has agreed to give Pacquiao a rematch next year. The unbeaten American is said to have told an ESPN journalist Stephen A. Smith that we would be willing to fight Pacquiao again – once he recovers from shoulder surgery to repair a tear in his rotator cuff.

“I will fight him in a year after his surgery,” Mayweather is reported to have told Smith in a text message.

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Pacquiao To Undergo Shoulder Surgery, May Be Out For 12 Months

Manny Pacquiao’s camp accused the Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday of denying them treatment for an injury to his right shoulder which will now require surgery to repair.

Pacquiao, who lost a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather in their welterweight unification fight on Saturday, is expected to undergo surgery later this week for a torn rotator cuff, ESPN reported on Monday.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache described the tear as “significant” and said Pacquiao could be out between nine and 12 months.

“We have an MRI scan that confirms he has a rotator cuff tear. He has a significant tear,” ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic told ESPN.

ElAttrache is one of the most respected surgeons in North America, having operated on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke and Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

No specific date has been set for the surgery.

Pacquiao and Mayweather met at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in one of the most anticipated showdowns in boxing history which promises to be the richest fight ever with revenues of about $400 million.

The super fight also cemented Mayweather as the top pound-for-pound fighter of the era but that was before severity of Pacquiao’s injury was revealed.

The southpaw clearly had difficulty with his right hand during the 12-round title fight as he landed just 18 jabs, compared to 67 for Mayweather. The injury also limited Pacquiao’s power punches as he connected on just 27 percent compared to the defensively-minded Mayweather who connected on 48 percent.

Pacquiao’s camp said the Commission refused them treatment on fight night despite them having prior approval to use an anti-inflammatory injection by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which conducted random drug testing on the boxers in the build-up to the fight.

Pacquiao’s camp had planned give him Toradol, a non-steroid anti-inflammatory, just before the fight, but the Commission stepped in and halted the treatment. The Nevada Commission, which oversees boxing in the state, said they were not told about Pacquiao’s injury until the night of the fight.

Pacquiao’s team said USADA approved the injection five days before the fight and they disclosed their desire to use it on fight night in their medical forms.

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Sadness Grips Philippines Following Pacquiao’s Defeat

Boxing icon still considered a national hero but mood dampens at home after defeat in world’s most lucrative fight.  Sadness and disappointment gripped Filipinos after Manny Pacquiao’s defeat in his much-anticipated fight against American Floyd Mayweather Jr. but they still considered the boxing icon a national hero.

Gymnasiums and other public venues where the 12-round fight was shown for free on Sunday lunchtime local time were quickly vacated after it was announced Pacquiao lost by a unanimous decision.

Herminio Coloma, a spokesman for President Benigno Aquino III, said: “The country still holds its head high in the admirable fight of our ‘National Fist’.” He said Aquino thanked Pacquiao, who is also a congressman, for being “an inspiration to every Filipino who is struggling with life’s challenges to achieve a bright future”.

Some fans said Pacquiao should retire from boxing while others demanded a rematch. For thousands at a plaza in Marikina city, part of metropolitan Manila, the mood was dampened not just by his loss but also a sudden downpour. Filipino sports writer Rick Olivares told Al Jazeera that it was “a sad fact but we really do have to admit that Floyd Mayweather definitely did win this match”.

It’s a sad nation, the national pride has been pricked and yes, the judges did pretty much get it right,” Olivares said. “I know that (Pacquiao) doesn’t want to end his career on a sour note. As we’ve said earlier this was a legacy fight and he’s taken a few losses in his last few bouts.

“It’s kind of tarnished his reputation as one of the greatest of all time but I think he’s going to be fighting at least one more time.”

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Pacquiao-Mayweather Weigh-In Tickets Cost $10

Promoters of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather mega fight have taken the unusual step of charging for the weigh-in after a limited number of tickets for the fight were snapped up almost immediately on Thursday.

Tickets for the May 1 weigh-in, also at the Grand Garden Arena inside the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, will go on sale Friday and cost $10 each.

“The weigh-in is always the grand finale of fight week activities.” said Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive of Mayweather Promotions.

“And with the massive interest in this fight, the number of fans looking to attend the official weigh-in is going to be something we’ve never seen before.”

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said Thursday the money from the sale of weigh-in tickets will to charity.

“The charge of $10 for the weigh-in will benefit two great charities. All proceeds will go right to them. This is a win-win situation for all,” said Arum.

Under Arizona law, weigh-ins are supposed to be free to the public. But promoters are hoping that by charging $10 they will discourage thousands of boxing fans from camping out overnight at the MGM to try and snag a ticket.

Mayweather against Pacquiao is the biggest boxing spectacle in recent memory and it will go a long way towards determining who is the greatest fighter of their era.

Both fighters are expected to make well over $100 million from the welterweight unification bout with 60 percent of the purse going to Mayweather and Pacquiao collecting the other 40 percent.

A very limited number of tickets for the richest fight in boxing history went on sale Thursday and sold out quickly. The Los Angeles Times reported that just 500 tickets in the 16,800 seat arena were made available to the general public.

The tickets for the public were priced as high as $7,500 with the cheapest going for $1,500.

The release of fight night tickets comes just nine days before the May 2 fight after their distribution was held up for weeks because of a contract dispute between Pacquiao’s camp, Mayweather Promotions and the MGM Hotel.

World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association welterweight champion Mayweather and Filipino superstar Pacquiao agreed to the fight in February after years of on and off again speculation over whether the two future hall of famers would ever meet.