New York - Filipino veteran Manny Pacquiao revealed on Monday
he has spoken with Floyd Mayweather about a possible sequel to their 2015
superfight, but said no decision would be taken on a rematch until the New
Speaking in New York to confirm details of his January 19
fight against Adrien Broner, Pacquiao said he had discussed a rematch with Mayweather during a recent trip to Japan.
"When I met up with Floyd in Japan, we talked and he
said he wants to come out of retirement to challenge me," Pacquiao said.
"All I know is fighting in the ring and entertaining
people. That's my job. Floyd has come out of retirement and we'll see after
Mayweather scored a unanimous victory over Pacquiao in
2015's "Fight of the Century", which was largely regarded as a
let-down despite being the highest-grossing fight of all time.
Since then, speculation about a possible rematch between the
two welterweights has flickered, with Mayweather saying in September he was
ready to fight Pacquiao.
"I'm coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year
another 9 figure pay day on the way," Mayweather wrote on Instagram.
Meanwhile Pacquiao, who will be fighting in the United
States for the first time in two years in January's bout, said Monday he
remained solely focused on Broner before any return with Mayweather.
"We cannot underestimate Broner and this fight,"
Pacquiao said. "We will discuss anything with Floyd Mayweather after
Pacquiao, 39, will face Broner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena
in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao holds the World Boxing Association's regular
welterweight crown, a step below US unbeaten WBA 'super champion' Keith
Thurman, after stopping Argentina's Lucas Matthysse in July at Kuala Lumpur.
"I have missed fighting in Las Vegas. It has been a
second home to me," Pacquiao said. "Returning to the MGM Grand Garden
Arena to defend my world title against Adrien Broner is an exciting way to
stage my homecoming."
Pacquiao, 60-7 with two drawn and 39 knockouts in a career
that began in 1995, turns 40 in December while American Broner is 33-3 with one
drawn and 24 knockouts.
Pacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in eight
different weight divisions, has continued fighting after reversing a decision
to retire in 2016.
Broner, however, said on Monday he planned to send Pacquiao
into permanent retirement.
"I have paid my dues in this sport, and now it's time
for me to get mine," Broner said. "I get more views than everybody
when I fight. A lot of people are going to see me pack off Pacquiao into
retirement, and without his belt."
Last month, Pacquiao signed with adviser Al Haymon's Premier
Boxing Champions group after being promoted by Top Rank's Bob Arum, Haymon's
main rival, for the past 14 years.
The move ensures Pacquiao will have chances to fight the
best in the welterweight division as Haymon's fighters include Americans
Thurman, 28-0 with 22 knockouts, World Boxing Council champion Shawn Porter,
29-2 with one drawn and 17 knockouts, and International Boxing Federation
champion Errol Spence Jr., 24-0 with 21 knockouts.