(ESPN) Manny Pacquiao says he and Floyd Mayweather “owe” the boxing public a rematch in order to “win back the trust of the fans”.
Their long-awaited fight last year proved to be an anticlimax as Pacquiao injured his shoulder in the build-up and subsequently stumbled his way to a points defeat after 12 rounds of a largely uneventful bout.
But the Filipino, who defeated Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas on Saturday to win the world welterweight title in a fight attended by Mayweather, is confident any rematch would not be the same disappointment.
“If we fight again I will do everything in my power to win back the trust of the fans,” Pacquiao told the Daily Mail. “They would not be disappointed again if it happens.
“I promise to make sure they love it. That is what we owe them. We have not had any discussions about a second fight but I know I will be boxing again. And if the fans want it, why not?
“I will make sure I am able to be my best if there is a next time.”
Mayweather was typically coy when approached ahead of the Pacquiao-Vargas. “I’m just taking [my daughter] to the fight,” he said.
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