RECORD DEAL Floyd Mayweather denies talks to put record on the line in Manny Pacquiao rematch after being lined up for Vegas fight
FLOYD MAYWEATHER has denied being in talks to rematch Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas next year where his record would be on the line.
The American in 2015 beat Pacquiao over 12 rounds following a half decade wait for the pair of superstar rivals to agree terms.
But eight years on and organisers wanted the boxing legends to renew their rivalry for a sequel following their £500MILLION blockbuster original.
Global Titans, who are promoting Mayweather’s next exhibition bout in Dubai, say they are leading talks between the two sets of camps.
Their CEO Uday Singh told SunSport: “We’re working on Floyd and Manny Pacquaio already.
“And the announcement could be made as early as December for a big bout next year for Floyd and Manny Pacquiao. A rematch, not an exhibition.”
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But Mayweather and his camp have insisted no talks have officially taken place with Pacquiao.
Mayweather, 45, retired in 2017 after beating ex-UFC champion Conor McGregor, 34, but has had four exhibition bouts since.
And he has always talked down returning to put his perfect 50-0 record on the line, especially against Pacquiao, 43.
But promoter Singh claimed he was in talks with the pair for a rematch.
He said: “I’ve already had the first meeting with Manny Pacquiao, because at first he was not keen either.
“It’s just egos, nothing else. But at the end of the day, Floyd’s a good guy, he’s a good fighter.
“Once you’ve satisfied him with his purse, he’s happy to fight whoever. But it’s to his interest as well, he said, ‘Why not? Let’s do it.’
“He hasn’t had a real proper fight since 2017, the last one was with Conor McGregor.”
Singh admitted he initially faced a fight to get Mayweather to agree to a pro bout opposed to an exhibition, but won him over eventually.
He said: “Yeah, it was hard. But then again, at the end of the day he knows what people want and he’s an entertainer.
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“He knows he’s got three to four years left of his career as and when he wants to retire, so he agreed to it eventually.
“Then we went out and spoke to Manny Pacquiao’s team and they said, ‘Yep, it’s fine. Manny Pacquiao is ready.’
“Now we’re negotiating numbers and all of that.”
After Mayweather’s exhibition with Deji, 25, at the Coca-Cola Arena, could fight once more with Global Titans.
And then it could pave the way for a potential rematch with Pacquiao back in Sin City.
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Singh added: “It will be in Las Vegas, either in the summer of 2023 or the Autumn, around September or October.
“We’re looking at the summer, around July or August. But first, he’ll fight with us in Saudi Arabia in February or Match.”