In the midst of the Pacquiao vs. Vargas fight on Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, a familiar face stood out among the crowd: Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Mayweather had arrived to the match late and left early. Regardless, his presence did not go unnoticed.
Despite the criticism of the lackluster of the “super” fight, dubbed as, “The Fight of the Century”, between Mayweather and Pacquiao last year, Mayweather’s appearance at Pacquiao’s fight last night still caused a stir. After all, Mayweather criticized Pacquiao after their fight, calling him a “coward” and a “sore loser” when he claimed that he had been having issues with his shoulder.
Regardless, the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight made more than $500 million.
It seems that whatever personal issues between Mayweather and Pacquiao had been resolved, as, it turns out, Pacquiao himself actually invited Mayweather to his match last night.
In fact, before the first bell, Pacquiao smiled, raised his right hand, and acknowledged Mayweather in the crowd.
Before leaving, Mayweather assessed Pacquiao’s victory against Vargas as “not bad”.
Bob Arum. Pacquiao’s promoter, acknowledged Mayweather’s presence and addressed the possibility of a rematch between Mayweather and Pacquiao:
“We had a surprise visitor and he had a number of things to say that became part of the [pay-per-view] broadcast. But Floyd is retired as far as we’re concerned, and I respect that.”
Mayweather had retired a little more than a year ago, retiring with a 49-0 record.
During his post-fight interview, Pacquiao expressed that he would like to fight his next opponent at 147 lbs. However, before he makes any plans, Pacquiao emphasized that his primary focus at the moment will be on his senate work in the Philippines.
Pacquiao will have an extended recess between April and May next year.