In 2017, WBA 175-pound regular champion Jean Pascal(35-6-1, 20 KOs) was prepared to walk away from the sport of boxing. According to Pascal, at the time, his stoppage victory over Ahmed Elbiali was supposed to be his last fight.
However, Pascal decided against retirement and fought on. In 2019, he got his biggest victory in years when he defeated Marcus Browne to capture the WBA 175-pound regular belt.
After defeating Browne, the 38-year-old Pascal defended his belt and defeated Badou Jack by a controversial split decision.
Jack(23-3-3, 13 KOs) hopes to get his revenge when he battles Pascal in the co-main event of the pay-per-view headlined by Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul on June 6 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
While some thought the 37-year-old Jack won the fought, Pascal felt he was the rightful winner, which he discussed.
“I’m very excited about the rematch,” Pascal said at the press conference on Tuesday. “I’ve been training in Puerto Rico since December. I’ve been waiting this whole time for the rematch, and I’m ready. I respect Badou, but he’s always whining after he loses. The judges said I won the fight, and that’s it.
“The first fight, in the first six rounds, I did everything well. I might have gotten a little overconfident. I took it a bit too easy after that. The fight got close because of that knockdown he got that wasn’t from a real punch. Without that, it wouldn’t have even been close. We’re going to settle this June 6 in Miami.”
Jack disagreed with the decision at the time, and he disagrees with the decision today.
“There were three judges, and Julie Lederman had it for me, and the two other guys had never judged a big fight before,” Jack said. “We have two judges for this fight: the right hand and the left hand. That’s it. I’m very confident for this fight, and I’m not worried about the judges. I know Jean Pascal is a warrior, and I’m a warrior. I’m just ready to fight.”
In the first fight, there were two knockdowns, one by each fighter, and both fighters expect just as much action on June 6.
This is going to be a firefight,” Jack said. “We already know that. Tune in to this fight. Boxing is not a game, and I’m going to show everyone that and try to steal the show.”
Pascal added: “He’s coming for revenge, and I’m coming with bad intentions. It’s going to be a great show, so make sure you tune in for this one.”