Mayweather on Pacquiao rematch: ‘I got the job done the first time’

By Kevin Sox

With a straight-forward answer, undefeated former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0, 27 KOs) quashed talks of a rematch against Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs).

“I got the job done right the first time. I always get the job done the first time. 50 times I went out there, I got the job done right,” told Mayweather to Pauline Verzosa of CNN Philippines Sports Desk while the retired American fighter was enjoying his time in Manila.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (photo by Chamber of Fear | Wikimedia Commons)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (photo by Chamber of Fear | Wikimedia Commons)
“We are now friends. I mean as a fighter, I like him. But we’re now friends,” added Mayweather.

Mayweather and Pacquiao met four years ago in what was billed as the “Fight of the Century,” a mega-fight that took years to become a reality.

Mayweather emerged victorious via a unanimous decision, with judges scoring it 118-110, 118-110, and 116-112.

The two legendary icons went separate ways after that fight, as Mayweather went on to win fight after fight en route to a historic 50-0 record. Mayweather even took part in an exhibition contest in Japan late last year against a Japanese kick boxer.

Pacquiao, on the other end, had his share of ups and downs in the succeeding years, including a controversial loss to Australian Jeff Horn in 2017.

Fate always seemed to play with Mayweather and Pacquiao as last year, both fighters met by coincidence in Japan that led to a petty trash-talking match. Both were also present at a Los Angeles Lakers game at the Staples Center.

But Mayweather remained firm that he is retired, only leaving praise for the eight-division world champion Pacquiao.

“He is a hell of a fighter. The country he comes from is a great country. The Philippines is a great place, beautiful people, great atmosphere, and I look forward to coming back again,” said Mayweather.

Pacquiao is still looking for his next opponent, and either one of Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia could be in for a battle later this year.