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article imageOp-Ed: Why Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch can still see commercial success

By Leo Reyes     May 20, 2015 in Sports
Three weeks after the controversial Mayweather-Pacquiao fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, talks of a rematch continue in popular boxing sites and even on mainstream media.
While the level of discussion on topics related to the possibility of a rematch has been lesser than the pre-fight hype, one can tell that there is still a good number of fans who want to see both fighters put closure on their long-running rivalry.
Both Mayweather and Pacquiao have been criticized for failing to please their fans as they had promised when they started selling the fight to the public.
Fans noted Mayweather did nothing but run during the fight while Pacquiao pointed to his shoulder injury as the reason why he was not able to give an excellent performance during the fight.
Mayweather blamed Pacquiao for his lackluster performance and for failing to penetrate his defenses.
“If people want to be upset, be upset with the guy that couldn't set the trap for Floyd Mayweather,” said Mayweather, who welcomed the idea of a rematch following his victory over Pacquiao last May 2 but later said he won't give Pacquiao a rematch.
“Be upset with the guy that used to throw 1,000 punches but then resorted to throwing 400 punches,” Mayweather added.
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum has earlier reacted to talks of possible rematch saying that there are no negotiations going on at this time.
"Unless they are negotiating with somebody else, it's not me," Arum told Boxing Scene.
"There have been no negotiations, what everybody is saying is with the incredible amount of money that they did last time that neither guy can make anywhere near the money fighting somebody else then they could be fighting each other," Arum said.
"Nobody is saying they're going to do the money they did last time," Arum added.
Depending on how Mayweather, Arum and the networks will promote the rematch, it will most likely be a commercial success even it it does only 50 percent of the the revenue generated during the first fight.
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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