LOS ANGELES – Buboy Fernandez badly wants a Manny Pacquiao rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In the event his close pal loses again, he says the Pacman should face the inevitable.
Fernandez believes the greatest Filipino boxing ever should finally walk away from the sport so dear and good to him if he fail to conquer the 38-year-old American in their anticipated return bout by next year.
“O sige, nagkaroon ng rematch, 'di pa rin tayo nakalusot ky Floyd Mayweather. Ano pa ba ang gagawin natin, e di bumaba na tayo sa ring. Tama na ‘yun,” said Pacquiao’s longtime assistant before heading back to Manila.
“Retire na. Wala na tayong gagawin.”
But lest he be misunderstood, Fernandez stressed what he was saying is his personal opinion and, the loyal soldier that he is, will fully support and respect the decision on his childhood friend.
“Alam ko 'yung kaibigan ko. Sinabi niya mismo sa sarili niya kung bababa na siya o hindi,” said Pacquiao’s longtime assistant trainer.
A rematch taking shape in 2016 became a possibility when Mayweather himself tweeted to ESPN’s Stephen Smith that he’s ready to give Pacquiao another shot once the Filipino southpaw fully recovers from his right shoulder injury.
Mayweather improved his immaculate record to 48-0 last Saturday when he decisioned Pacquiao unanimously in their welterweight unification title match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The 36-year-old Pacquiao went to the match with an injured shoulder, hampering the mobility of his right hand and preventing him from throwing combinations the way fight fans the world over had known him.
On Wednesday morning (Thursday, Manila time), Pacquiao successfully undergone arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear on his right rotator cuff under renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, and is expected to be out of action for the next nine to 12 months.
That would be fine for Pacquiao, according to Fernandez, since he will have all the time to hit peak form in the event of a rematch.
“As long na willing si Floyd na makipag-rematch, paghandaan natin mabuti,” he said.
And just like Pacquiao and the rest of those who believed Mayweather refused to engage and just danced his way around during the 12-round match, Fernandez is also aching to face the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter one more time.
“Gusto ko pang bumawi, “ he admitted.