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Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather 2 announced by RIZIN

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Will we see a Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather rematch in Japan? That was the surprise announcement during RIZIN’s annual New Year’s Eve special event at the Saitama Super Arena.

RIZIN announces Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather rematch

Exactly one year ago, Manny Pacquiao announced that he has signed a contract with RIZIN for an exhibition boxing match under the Japanese MMA promotion. The bout never materialized in 2023, but the legendary eight-division boxing champion made another appearance in Japan as the year ended.

Former PRIDE and current RIZIN boss Nobuyiki Sakakibara invited Pacquiao in the ring and promptly brought up a fight with Floyd Mayweather “next year,” drawing audible gasps from the crowd in Saitama.

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“I’m ready,” Pacquiao said, before apologizing to the Japanese audience that a planned 2023 exhibition in RIZIN didn’t pan out.

“Next year, I hope to see you here in Japan with a big fight against…” Pacquiao said, before looking over to Sakakibara to check if it’s okay to reveal the name.

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“Floyd Mayweather!” Sakakibara said.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather 2 announced by RIZIN

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao 2 in Japan?

Will we see a Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather rematch in Japan? That was the surprise announcement during RIZIN’s annual New Year’s Eve special event at the Saitama Super Arena.

RIZIN announces Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather rematch

Exactly one year ago, Manny Pacquiao announced that he has signed a contract with RIZIN for an exhibition boxing match under the Japanese MMA promotion. The bout never materialized in 2023, but the legendary eight-division boxing champion made another appearance in Japan as the year ended.

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Former PRIDE and current RIZIN boss Nobuyiki Sakakibara invited Pacquiao in the ring and promptly brought up a fight with Floyd Mayweather “next year,” drawing audible gasps from the crowd in Saitama.

“I’m ready,” Pacquiao said, before apologizing to the Japanese audience that a planned 2023 exhibition in RIZIN didn’t pan out.

“Next year, I hope to see you here in Japan with a big fight against…” Pacquiao said, before looking over to Sakakibara to check if it’s okay to reveal the name.

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“Floyd Mayweather!” Sakakibara said.

“Floyd Mayweather, yeah. I thought you didn’t want me to say that (in this announcement),” Pacquiao responded with a laugh. “I’m excited for that. Thank you.”

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Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather 2: Exhibition or pro fight?

No specifics were given except for the rematch being targeted for “next year.” If their recent activity is any indication though, it will likely be another exhibition bout than an official professional boxing match. Both Hall of Fame boxers have continued to collect cheques and compete in various exhibitions since officially retiring as a professional.

Pacquiao retired in 2021 with a 62-8-2 record, before switching to exhibitions soon after. He dominated South Korean celebrity martial artists DK Yoo in December 2022, and is set to face Muay Thai legend Buakaw Banchamek in January 2024.

Mayweather, on the other hand, retired at a perfect 50-0 in 2017, and has since had seven exhibition bouts against the likes of Logan Paul and John Gotti III. He already has ties with RIZIN as well, having competed in 2018 and 2022 “exhibitions” where he KO’d Japanese stars Tenshin Nasukawa and Mikuru Asakura.

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