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article imageOp-Ed: Why Mayweather not included in Pacquiao's shortlist of next foes

By Leo Reyes     Sep 20, 2015 in Sports
Unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather isn't included in the new list of Pacquiao challengers because he declared right after his fight against Andre Berto last May that he is retiring for good after a 19-year pro career.
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum has seen Mayweather coming off retirement after a 21-month layoff following his victory against Ricky Hatton in 2007.
That could be the reason why Arum did not include Mayweather in his shortlist of Pacquiao's next possible opponents.
"It's obvious Mayweather isn't in the picture," Arum said. "I have no idea if Floyd's done. I don't know that Floyd knows if he's done," Arum said.
"Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if he's done, and I wouldn't be surprised if he comes back," he added.
It is a bit difficult to predict Mayweather's post-retirement plans as has not surrendered his WBC and WBA welterweight titles following his retirement announcement right after the Berto fight.
By just recanting his statement and saying that he is still considering a possible comeback, he can still keep his titles because he hasn't officially retired.
He has to do it fast though because the sanctioning bodies might take away the titles from him quickly, as what The Ring editors did when they stripped him of his P4P title.
Mayweather fought Pacquiao to a unanimous decision win last May 2 in a super fight that broke all pay-per-view records in boxing history.
Boxing fans have been clamoring for a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch following the discovery of banned IV infusion on Mayweather one day before his fight with Pacquiao last May.
Pacquiao said Mayweather should give him a rematch on account of his violation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules. Pacquiao said he wants the rematch on equitable terms and conditions in order to assure the public of a clean fight and for all to know who indeed is the better fighter between them.
But Pacquiao seems to have lost interest in a possible rematch following Mayweather's retirement announcement.
“I'm OK. Whether there is a second [bout with Mayweather], it's not a problem. I heard he has retired, so it doesn't matter,” he said.
Still, the richest fight to be made next year would be the Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch as estimates show that even if it makes just half of the 4.4 million pay-per-view (PPV) buys the fight made last May, it would still be unbeatable based on estimated revenues for the upcoming PPV events featuring Canelo Avarez, Miguel Cotto and Gennady Golovkin.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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