TOP Rank chief Bob Arum is all for a rematch between his fighter Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, suggesting the two should do battle again in April of next year.
On the heels of Mayweather’s announcement that he is willing to fight Pacquiao in a rematch, Arum told ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael that making the second fight will be easier than the first one.
"I think we now know what the pitfalls were," Arum told ESPN. "And, ultimately, with all the aggravation and trouble, look at the pot of gold that we both produced. I think there will probably be less aggravation in a rematch. We understand each other better now. There's a real possibility it could work even better."
Of course, Arum wants Pacquiao’s shoulder injury to heal first before another face-off with Mayweather.
“We first have to make sure the rotator cuff heals well. Dr. Neal ElAttrache is a famous surgeon, one of the best in the business, so I'm confident the surgery will work.
“And if it does, why wouldn't we entertain a rematch?” Arum said.
Arum, however, said Mayweather should also wait for Pacquiao’s injury to heal and fight in April, and not in September where the American fighter plans to fight next.
If that should push through, Mayweather will go for Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0 in the rematch with Pacquiao, possibly at the new 20,000-seat arena which MGM Grand in building in Las Vegas.
“I think the wisest course of action is for Floyd to wait,” Arum said.