All signs are pointing to a rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, which to some(like myself) is very exciting, but to others, like Pacquiao’s former promoter Bob Arum, this would be a fight between two fighters who are past their prime.
“They’re past their prime. It’ll do good at the box office,” Arum told TMZ Sports. “It’ll make money, which is fine. But, they’re not elite fighters anymore.”
Obviously, the 41-year-old Mayweather and the 39-year-old Pacquiao are not the same guys we saw in 2015(the year of their first fight), but both fighters could still beat a lot of guys at 147. Pacquiao reportedly needs the money, and Mayweather has a very extravagant lifestyle so he may need the money as well, and according to Arum, these two fighters are trying to grab some more cash while they can.
“It’s a money grab,” Arum said. “Business is business. It’s good money for each of them. You can’t begrudge them, but they’re not elite anymore.”
With reports that Pacquiao is signing with Mayweather’s longtime manager Al Haymon, this fight will be a lot easier to make than their 2015 clash. Therefore, Mayweather-Pacquiao 2 will probably be coming to a TV near you.