Despite the fact their first fight generated more buzz than action, we are apparently getting Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao II.
Mayweather, 41, announced the rematch in a video posted to Instagram on Saturday.
“I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year,” the boxing legend wrote in the caption to his video. “Another 9 figure pay day on the way.”
The May 2, 2015 superfight in Las Vegas delivered plenty of revenue records, just not much drama in the ring.
Mayweather grabbed a relatively easy unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and the boxer nicknamed “Money” collected a reported pay day in advance of $250 million based on his take of the gross worldwide receipts.
“He’s a hell of a fighter,” Mayweather said after the 2015 fight, which pushed his career record to 48-0. “I kept on the outside and I out-boxed him. I did what I had to do tonight.”
The Instagram video shows Mayweather and Pacquiao, 39, chatting with each other at a music festival in Tokyo, per ESPN.
Sounds like December is the target date for the rematch.
The first fight generated more the 4.4 million pay-per-view buys and generated $400 million in domestic profits despite cable and satellite providers being overwhelmed with late orders that delayed the bout by 30 minutes.
After the loss, Pacquiao admitted that he and his team had concealed a pre-fight shoulder injury that affected his performance.
Mayweather took a jab at Pacquiao’s 2015 shoulder excuse in the video clip posted to social media and has already been watched close to two million times.
“We gonna take the belt. We gonna get the payday. And I don’t want no shoulder excuses.”