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Pacquiao confirms working on a rematch with Mayweather

MAKATI CITY – Former eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao has confirmed his camp is working on a possible rematch with American rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an exhibition targeted for December in Japan.

In an interview with Fight Hub TV and reported by GMA News, Pacquiao revealed that his camp is currently negotiating with the Mayweather camp. They first met inside the ring in 2015 in a fight that has been the richest in boxing history where the Filipino lost by way of unanimous decision.

“I am still active and training. I have an exhibition match this December in Japan. We are working on it, the opponent. We are working with Mayweather,” Pacquiao said.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao has sold their family’s Mediterranean-style home in Los Angeles for $2 million or P111.5 million,  lower than what he bought it for in March 2009 at $2.17 million

“(Pacquiao) is finally finished with his fight in the bruising world of SoCal real estate. And we’ve gotta say, the champ lost on points in this bout,” listings website realtor.com said in an article reporting the sale.

Records show that Pacquiao has tried unsuccessfully to list his LA property at a higher price several times. He listed it for sale in 2013 and 2014 at $2.7 million and again in October 2021 for $4.5 million.

Analyn Jusay, reporting for Manila Bulletin, wrote the Pacquiaos’ five-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom house has been featured in several Philippine magazines and on  ” MTV Cribs.”

“This is a stunning 2-story celebrity home built in 2008 and located in the highly desirable area of Hancock Park. It features a luxurious entry with 22-foot high ceilings and an extravagant kitchen with Grand Ceaserstone Isle, Miele & Bosch appliances, a floating glass hood, and a built-in coffee bar. With a spacious master bedroom and a balcony overlooking the pool,” another realty website noted in its description.

The home was reported in January 2019 to have been burglarized by unidentified men after it was left unattended. The series of burglar attacks was reportedly why the Pacquiaos wanted the house sold. They are also selling their Forbes Park mansion for more than P2 billion.

In July 2022, Pacquiao shot down the idea of a rematch with Mayweather, GMA News reported.

Another fighter that came up during the interview was Gervonta “Tank” Davis, GMA News reported.

Pacquiao said that he is willing to share the ring with the young American prizefighter if Davis is willing to move up to the welterweight division.

“Davis is a good fighter. If he wants, if he comes up to 147 [pounds] we can fight. 145 maybe,” Pacquiao said, according to the report.