Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are 16/1 to face off for a second time within 12 months of their long awaited MGM Grand face-off.
Despite such a withering assessment, the likelihood of the much-vaunted pair once more touching gloves inside the squared circle is far greater than the bwin layers seem to have surmised.
Mayweather has taken part in two rematches over the course of his career, against Jose Luis Castillo and Marcos Maidana.
Both followed immediately after the first encounter, with eight months between his two meetings with the Mexican and a mere four between Maidana I and II.
Furthermore, while Mayweather may have suggested that he would retire after a September bout in the preamble to his showdown with Pacquiao, he has since seemed far more open to facing the Filipino again.
The still undefeated 38-year-old reportedly sent a text message to ESPN’s Steve A Smith saying “I will fight him in a year after his surgery” on Tuesday according to the Guardian.
Demand for a rematch will be all the greater following revelations that Pacquiao was carrying a serious shoulder injury into the original showdown that will now require surgery.
Some initial assessments have suggested that the fighting pride of the Philippines, will be out of action for between nine months and a year and this may explain the long odds on a rematch within a year of the pair’s first, long-awaited clash.
However, Paquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has already hinted that expectations are that his fighter will return sooner than that, with the Guardian reporting:
“Arum says Mayweather should put aside any plans for a September fight and wait to face Pacquiao again next April.”
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