Manny Pacquiao would be keen to face Floyd Mayweather Jr in a rematch of their eagerly-anticipated 2015 'Fight of the Century' dud. Boxing's only eight-division world champion retired from the sport after completing his trilogy against Timothy Bradley with a comfortable victory in April and subsequently won a seat in the Senate of the Philippines as he looked to shift his entire focus towards a burgeoning political career that had previously seen him serve for eight years as a congressman.
Such an exit proved to be predictably short-lived, however, with Pacquiao quickly tempted back into the ring by a bout against WBO welterweight title-holder Jessie Vargas. The 37-year-old, who created a major talking point by inviting Mayweather to sit at ringside at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, knocked his opponent down in round two en route to another unanimous decision win.
Pacquiao initially responded "we will see" when questioned about a possible second meeting with Mayweather and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum subsequently rated the chances of a rematch happening at "75 per cent" due to the lack of animosity that now exists between the two camps. 'Pacman' then dropped a further hint on Instagram that it could happen after telling the Los Angeles Times that there were "no discussions for now".
When asked if he would like to battle Mayweather again during a recent interview with Filipino television network ABS-CBN, Pacquiao replied: "Of course, if he wants to come back to boxing".
He also banished any suggestions that his best days were firmly behind him, stating: "I feel young. I feel like I'm just 25, or that I'm just 28-years old."
Six years in the making, the richest bout in history between two of world sport's biggest global stars proved to be a hugely disappointing spectacle unworthy of its gargantuan hype as Mayweather executed the perfect gameplan to emphatically outpoint his rival. The 15-time world champion confirmed his own retirement fourth months later claiming he had "nothing left to prove" after equalling Rocky Marciano by improving his formidable unbeaten record to 49-0 with victory over Andre Berto.
Rumours over a possible return have circulated frequently since then, with a possible clash with UFC superstar Conor McGregor drawing no shortage of media attention. The two men have exchanged frequent barbs in the press over recent months.