Monday 24 April 2017

Manny Pacquiao non-committal on Mayweather rematch after comeback victory

Manny Pacquiao celebrates his victory over WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas
Manny Pacquiao celebrates his victory over WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas

Manny Pacquiao won the WBO welterweight title with a unanimous points victory over Jessie Vargas in his return to the ring.

The 37-year-old Filipino announced his retirement in April after beating Timothy Bradley but was back in the ring seven months later and claimed a decisive victory against his American opponent.

Pacquiao knocked Vargas down in the second and looked in good shape throughout, with two judges scoring the bout 118-109 and the other 114-113 in the eight-weight world champion's favour.

Floyd Mayweather was in attendance for the fight but Pacquiao was non-committal when asked whether a rematch with the 49-0 fighter was on the cards.

In the post-fight interview in the ring, Pacquiao said: "I don't know, whoever the people want me to fight, I am not picking an opponent, whoever my promoter gives me I will fight.

"I'm going back to senate and the next fight I talk to Bob (Arum)."

Pacquiao was quickly challenged to a bout by British world welterweight champion Kell Brook, who tweeted: "unification fight at 147. Yes please #2017".

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