FLOYD Mayweather Jr. was quick to refute claims negotiations for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao are ongoing, stressing he’s retired from boxing.
In a text message to Stephen Smith of ESPN, the 38-year-old Mayweather said there was no truth to the claims made by Pacquiao himself about the two of them planning to get at each other once again inside the ring.
“It’s totally false. I’m not fighting anymore,” Smith said as he read Floyd Jr’s text message to him.
Talks about a return bout between two of the sports’ biggest names cropped up in the midst of Pacquiao’s plan to hold his farewell fight by next year.
The Filipino boxing champion is running for a Senate seat in the 2016 national polls and has set April 9 as the final time he’ll step inside the ring.
While Top Rank Promotions’ Bob Arum has mentioned the likes of unbeaten light welterweight champion Terrence Crawford, former two-time world title holder Amir Khan, and old rival Tim Bradley as contenders for Pacquiao’s final ring opponent, the Pacman mentioned ongoing talks for a possible rematch with Mayweather.
“I don't know yet who's my opponent next but we're still negotiating right now about the rematch with Floyd Mayweather so I’m hoping for that,” said Pacquiao in a video interview posted on his official Facebook page.
But Mayweather has repeatedly insisted he’s staying away from boxing for good, assuring Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive officer of Mayweather Promotions, and later taking to social media to stress his point.
“Floyd Mayweather is RETIRED, end of discussion,” he tweeted on his account @FloydMayweather.
Mayweather, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, scored a unanimous decision over Pacquiao last May in their highly-anticipated duel that went down as the richest fight ever in boxing history.
Pacquiao however, claimed he suffered an injury during the course of the bout, and fought Mayweather with a hurting right shoulder. He underwent surgery three days after the showdown to repair a torn rotator cuff.
Four months after his mega-bout with Pacquiao, Mayweather announced his retirement from boxing shortly after a lopsided win against overmatched challenger Andre Berto in their welterweight title fight.
He retired unbeaten with a record of 49-0 (26 KOs).