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Gibbons shut downs possibility of Pacquiao having a rematch against Mayweather, Thurman

Jan 19, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Manny Pacquiao enters the ring to face Adrien Broner (not pictured) in a WBA welterweight world title boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Pacquiao won via unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Filipino Boxing Idol Sen. Manny Pacquiao will not likely have a rematch against either Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Keith Thurman Jr. if international matchmaker Sean Gibbons will be asked.

In the case of Mayweather, Gibbons, president of the Manny Pacquiao (MP) Promotions, said on Tuesday, August 13, that the undefeated American fighter, currently, enjoys his retirement from the boxing world.

In the story of Floyd Mayweather, there is no fight, there is no possibility at the moment as Floyd has said a number of times “I’m retired, I’m enjoying my retirement’,” Gibbons said during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Amelia Hotel in Malate, Manila.

Calls for a rematch between the two boxers started buzzing after Mayweather was found among the audience of Paquiao’s match against Thurman on July in Nevada, United States of America, which the Filipino boxing champion won via split decision.

Following the match, Pacquiao and Mayweather exchanged jabs in social media further intensifying calls for another bout to follow their 2015 match which the American boxer won.

Meanwhile, Gibbons also dismissed the possibility of Pacquiao having a rematch against Thurman since the American fighter ‘already had his shot’ and the Filipino fighting senator ‘beat him clean’.

The matchmaker also stressed that Pacquiao only had a rematch against Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Eric Morales due to huge public demand and outcry.

Keith would love to have a rematch. It was a quality fight but there was no controversy at the end of the day who won the fight,” Gibbons further explained.

Gibbons floated the names of Danny Garcia, Miguel ‘Mikey’ Garcia, and Shawn Porter as next possible opponents for Pacquiao.

However, the matchmaker also said that the Fighting senator currently enjoys his victory against Thurman. He also added that, if Pacquiao will return to the ring, it will happen on the first quarter of 2020.

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