Floyd Mayweather Jr. feigns indifference to Manny Pacquiao rematch, but we've seen this before
The stubborn defiance is nothing new. The position of contentment in retirement that Floyd Mayweather Jr. expresses now was seen before in 2008, 2012 and 2015.
Each time, when the riches of an enticing prizefight beckoned, he climbed back into the ring.
So to see Mayweather (50-0) feign indifference on the MGM Grand big screens Saturday night when Showtime's Jim Gray asked him if he'd accept Manny Pacquiao's challenge for a rematch in the moments after Pacquiao's dissection of 11-years-younger former four-division champion Adrien Broner is an act that has proved untrue before.
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The only difference now might be that Mayweather, who turns 42 next month, is further comforted by the riches of his prior comebacks - the six-fight Showtime deal that included the record $600 million revenue he shared with Pacquiao in 2015, the novelty fight with Conor McGregor, even the $9 million he pocketed for a one-round exhibition in Japan on New Year's Eve.
© Reuters Boxing - Floyd Mayweather v Tenshin Nasukawa - Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan - December 31, 2018 Floyd Mayweather during a press conference after the fight REUTERS/Issei Kato
Yet, the fire to continue to prove that there's no one better still burns.
It's why he just so happened to run into Pacquiao in Japan last year, again at a Los Angeles Clippers game earlier ....