Acknowledging both were not in their full power during the topbilled Fight of the Century last May 3, Unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Tuesday said he is willing to fight eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao again after the Filipino’s shoulder surgery.
Mayweather, in a text message to ESPN’s Stephen Smith, said he is willing to have a rematch with Pacquiao.
“I will fight him in a year after his surgery,” Mayweather said, according to the ESPN report.
Pacquiao, after consulting with a doctor in Los Angeles and having an MRI scan done, has decided to go under the knife to repair a torn rotator cuff that he injured during training camp.
The surgery will take place sometime this week.
Pacquiao suffered the shoulder injury in training camp with three weeks to go before the fight, but still opted to push through and face Mayweather in order to put up the fight and not disappoint fans further.
Pacquiao said he was able to rest his shoulder in the final weeks of camp, even sending away his sparring partners, and was under the impression that he will be allowed to take an anti-inflammatory shot on fight night in order to numb the pain.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) barred him from taking the injection, however, and the injury was aggravated in the third round, Pacquiao said after the bout.
The “Pacman” threw fewer punches than Mayweather, and he later told reporters that he was essentially one-handed as he could not use his right hand to unload power punches.
Mayweather defeated Pacquiao via unanimous decision in their Las Vegas bout. The superbout, dubbed “Fight of the Century,” left many boxing experts and fans disappointed because of the lack of action because of Mayweather’s style inside the ring.
It was Pacquiao’s sixth career defeat in 65 fights. It was Mayweather’s 48th win.