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Sunday 4 December 2016

'I won the fight by two points - I kept score' - Manny Pacquiao wants rematch with Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Manny Pacquiao two weeks ago will generate at minimum of a record $500million (€445m) in revenue, according to pay-per-view numbers released yesterday
Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Manny Pacquiao two weeks ago will generate at minimum of a record $500million (€445m) in revenue, according to pay-per-view numbers released yesterday

The numbers for their first fight are every bit as eye watering as projected and predictably enough Manny Pacquiao is keen on a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.

Pacquiao was speaking after returning to Manila on Wednesday, soaking up the adulation of thousands of fans who lined the streets of the Filipino capital to welcome the congressman home.

His right shoulder was encased in a sling following last week's successful rotator cuff surgery that was needed to repair the torn tendons he blames for his conclusive points defeat by Mayweather in Las Vegas.

News of the injury only surfaced after the fight, resulting in lawsuits being issued by disgruntled fans and a taunt of "coward" from Mayweather, who accused his rival of looking for excuses.

Pacquiao resisted the temptation to respond but having declared his intention to concentrate on his rehabilitation while admitting his career is drawing to a close, he made it clear he views Mayweather as unfinished business.

"I will focus first on healing my shoulder. After that, I will announce continuing my career or announcing retirement," Pacquiao said.

"I'm not saying I'm going to retire, but it's near. I'm already 36, turning 37 this December."

When pressed on the rematch, Pacquiao said: "I would like that. I want that. But my focus right now is my shoulder, my work as a congressman and my family."

Apart from professional pride, Pacquiao's desire for a repeat of the richest fight in history will have grown after it was confirmed the first instalment is on course to generate over USD500m.

The highest grossing pay-per-view event in history achieved 4.4million buys in the US alone, smashing the previous record of 2.48million.

Mayweather's one-sided victory means the appetite for the welterweights to meet again will never match the expectation that greeted the first clash, but Pacquiao has a score to settle given his conviction that the judges at the MGM Grand got it wrong.

"I reviewed the fight and kept score. I won by two points... But a decision has been made and we have to accept it," Pacquiao said.

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