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3 Reasons Why MayPac Rematch Will Not Excite Boxing Fans

Videos suggest that a rematch between Mayweather and Pacquiao is on its way. However, there are reasons why boxing fans will not be as excited as before.

A sequel to boxing’s “Fight of the Century” might be on its way.

Both stars of the first bout in 2015, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, have suggested recently the possibility of a rematch in December this year.

However, members of the boxing community are concerned that the possible MayPac 2 is just a terrible idea. Here are three compelling arguments why a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch would fail to capture the imagination of most fans today.

1 | Both Boxers Are Past their Prime

No matter how illustrious both of their careers were, there is no denying that Mayweather and Pacquiao potentially fighting on December is nowhere near the peak of their respective careers.

Now a boxing promoter through his Mayweather Promotions, the 41-year-old North American has been in retirement from professional boxing for the past three years.

However, the five-division world champion fought once again after two years, but only in what many call as a “farcical” boxing contest against mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Connor McGregor.

Meanwhile, the 39-year-old Pacquiao is serving as a senator back in the Philippines for two years, with a stint in the Congress six years prior.

His latest fight was a knockout victory against a disappointing welterweight champion in Lucas Matthysse, his first TKO win since 2009. Nevertheless, many boxing analysts noticed that Pacquiao might have lost the speed that terrorized his opponents during his younger years.

Should they indeed fight again, the title card might read Mayweather and Pacquiao. However, the fighters on the ring would only be shadows of their former selves.

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2 | Fans Remember the 2015 Snoozefest

The pay-per-view (PPV) for the much-hyped fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao cost fans in the United States almost US$90 dollars. Tickets sold publicly reached US$7,500 per seat.

The event generated more than US$500 million in combined PPV, broadcasting rights, tickets, and other revenue streams.

However, the “Fight of the Century” in 2015 failed to live up to its name, to the fans’ expectations, and to the ticket and PPV prices.

Many boxing fans lost their enthusiasm as the bout went on, with Mayweather employing the defensive style that won him championships and Pacquiao missing a ton of punches that he blamed on an undisclosed shoulder injury.

The initial reaction of the online community to the rematch showed that they have never forgotten the dull fight between the two from three years ago.

With the two boxers three years older than when they initially fought, boxing fans expect a more boring rematch that would fail to attract the same attention as the first bout.

3 | The Rematch Might Not Happen After All

Shortly before the much-awaited rematch between middleweights Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, the video “announcing” the fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao surfaced on the internet.

Many keen-eyed fans suggested that the video was a ploy Mayweather used to spite Oscar de la Hoya, a rival boxer and promoter, with whom he had a well-documented and long-standing argument.

According to the community, the announcement was released to distract the public away from the massive PPV match. Coincidentally, the Golden Boy Promotions of de la Hoya organized the Alvarez-Golovkin bout.

If this were the case, according to most fans in the scene, it would mean that the Mayweather and Pacquiao rematch in December would never materialize.

After all, they said, the announcement came from the boxer who stated he had fought his last bout three times and unretired twice to fight again.

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