UFC president Dana White believes Zuffa Boxing would add value to a potential Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao rematch.
Despite all the hiccups in recent years, White is hoping that Zuffa Boxing takes off in 2020. As he prepares to venture into the world of the sweet science, the UFC head honcho also has a verbal agreement in place for a special event involving Floyd Mayweather this year.
White later confirmed it would involve Mayweather coming out of retirement and competing. Many have speculated what this event could be — “Money” participating in mixed martial arts? A Conor McGregor rematch?
TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter speculated as to whether it could finally be a rematch with Pacquaio being promoted under Zuffa Boxing in what would be a fitting way to kick off the new venture.
White laughed before refusing to rule out that prospect.
“I think that the Mayweather Pacquiao fight will probably happen again and it makes sense,” White said. “Especially the way Manny Pacquiao has looked in his last couple of fights.
“That’s something that could happen. I truly believe we would add a ton of value to that fight. So anything is possible.”
Mayweather, now retired, and Pacquiao, still going strong as he reigns as the WBA welterweight champion, first competed in May 2015 in what was a lucrative but dull affair that soured many boxing fans. Mayweather won the uneventful fight via unanimous decision.
There was talk of a rematch taking place in 2019 but nothing came to fruition. Maybe 2020 is the year fans get to see it and White could be the one pulling the strings this time.