Manny Pacquiao denies Jake Paul fight – but he’s keen on Mayweather rematch

It’s been over half-a-decade since Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao clashed in the most lucrative boxing match of all time.

Now 6 years on from the bout, which Mayweather won via unanimous decision, the pair’s careers have gone in very different directions.

Since the 2015 fight, Mayweather has fought just four more times in very low-risk bouts, facing Andre Berto and Conor McGregor professionally, as well as Tenshin Nasukawa and Logan Paul in exhibitions.

In stark contrast, Pacquiao has continued to compete as a professional and has faced a handful of elite pound-for-pound talents, defeating the likes of Keith Thurman and Jessie Vargas.

Despite Mayweather’s retirement from professional boxing, the prospect of a rematch between the pair remains an intriguing one, to say the least.

And in a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Pacquiao confirmed that he would certainly be interested in sharing the boxing ring with Mayweather again.

"I'm still active in boxing. He's retired already, so I don't know."

When pressed on whether he would be open to a rematch, Pacquiao bluntly replied: "Yes."

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Pacquiao’s comments on a potential rematch between the pair come just a few days after he fired his latest shot at Mayweather.

The Pac-Man was recently asked about his thoughts on the rise of influencer boxing and whether he would ever be open to a fight with social media sensation Jake Paul.

“No, I will not,” Pacquiao stated.

“I want to fight the best to add into my legacy.”

Pacquiao’s comments appear to be a sly dig at the legacy of rival Mayweather, who recently stepped in the ring with Jake’s older brother, Logan.

While the former five-weight world champion was expected to knockout the Maverick without breaking much of a sweat, the YouTuber stunned fans by surviving the full eight-rounds.

Due to the bout’s unique ruleset, no winner was declared and while some suggested Mayweather wasn’t trying at all and could’ve ended the fight whenever he wanted, others argued Paul had claimed the moral victory.

Many have since claimed that Mayweather harmed his legacy following his poor showing against Paul.

However, the 44-year-old has regularly stated that he values currency over legacy and is only interested in providing for himself and his family.

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Manny Pacquiao is set to return to the boxing ring on August 21 to face the undefeated Errol Spence Jr.

The bout will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the WBC, IBF and Ring welterweight titles will be on the line.

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