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article imageShowtime's Stephen Espinoza not giving up on Floyd-Pac rematch

By Leo Reyes     Oct 27, 2016 in Sports
Showtime's EVP Stephen Espinoza isn't giving up on the proposed Mayeather-Pacquiao rematch in the wake of increasing public clamor for the unbeaten champion to get out of retirement and face Pacquiao for the second time.
Manny Pacquiao has been calling out Floyd Mayweather for the much talked about rematch following his impressive victory over Timothy Bradley last April.
Pacquiao has retired briefly after the Bradley fight but later announced his return saying he will continue fighting for as long as he is healthy and competitive.
Pacquiao is out to prove that he has regained his speed and power after undergoing surgery to repair his shoulder rotator cap which he claimed he had been dealing with for a long time but was aggravated during the Mayweather fight.
In his comeback fight against WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 at the Thomas and & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Pacquiao expects to validate his claim that his convincing win over Bradley was the result of his successful shoulder therapy.
Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who has been training Pacquiao for 15 years expects to see a rejuvenated Pacquiao next Saturday night.
For Roach, a knockout or a convincing win by Pacquiao over Vargas would further boost his theory that Pacquiao lost to Mayweather because of his shoulder injury. Roach has been saying that with two good hands, Pacquiao can beat Mayweather in a rematch.
Now Roach has recently spoken to CBS-Showtime Chair and Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves in a chance meeting in a restaurant and told the CBS boss that Pacquiao wants a Mayweather rematch. Moonves reportedly said he can arrange the fight.
Here's part of the reported conversation between Roach and Moonves according to Los Angeles Times.
“Let’s do it again,” Moonves said, according to Roach.
“Can you deliver Mayweather?” Roach asked.
“Yes,” Moonves said, according to Roach.
Moonves has been instrumental in making the first Mayweather-Pacquiao fight possible and there is no reason why he cannot influence Mayweather to cut short his retirement and go for his 50th career fight against Pacquiao.
Espinoza for his part said, Mayweather has been consistent about his retirement and so far he knows nothing at this time about his reported comeback plan.
“Floyd’s been as consistent as he’s ever been. He says he enjoys retirement and promoting and won’t engage with us, even in a joking way, about coming back,” Espinoza said. “So I’m not sure how to get the ball rolling in regard to getting him back in the ring, but I’m not going to give up," he added.
A win by Mayweather over Pacquiao would break the record of Rocky Marciano as the first boxer to retire unbeaten in 50 career fights.
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