Floyd Mayweather doesn’t like to stay in his retirement lane for too long. Mayweather took to Instagram on Saturday morning to post a video in which he says he is coming out of retirement to fight in December. His potential opponent? Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather made about $220 million from his May 2015 fight with Pacquiao and at the time posted a photo of a $100 million check — his guaranteed purse from the bout. The fight itself failed to reach many fans expectation and hopes as Mayweather toyed with Pacquiao for much of the fight.
Saturday’s Instagram posting includes a video of Mayweather and Pacquiao talking to each other at a music festival in Tokyo, although it is difficult to hear what the men are saying.
In another angle of the interaction, Pacquiao tells Mayweather, “I have the belt,” to which Mayweather responds, “I’m going to take it from you like I did before.”
Mayweather and Pacquiao fought back in May 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a bout Money won by unanimous decision. And speaking of money, that showdown brought in approximately $500 million in revenue, according to CNN’s Chris Isidore.
A rematch in 2018 might not garner the same attention the first fight did in 2015, but both fighters will easily secure a 7 figure payday for the rematch. Floyd doesn’t need the money but he wants to end his career with two victories against his rival.
Pacquiao, who is 39, still fights because he needs the money. That senator’s salary in the Philippines doesn’t cover his lifestyle, which, to be fair, includes spending tons of his money on charitable causes.