American boxing star Floyd Mayweather has moved to quash speculation that he is coming out of retirement for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao in Saudi Arabia.
A video of the 42-year-old was circulated over social media in recent days where he said he was heading to the kingdom to negotiate a deal for the fight with Pacquiao.
In the video, he said: “It’s an honour to come to Saudi Arabia to sit down with you guys to talk about the Mayweather vs Pacquiao rematch.
“Saudi Arabia. Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. I’m on my way.”
However, he has since revealed that the video was taken “a long time ago”.
“I talked to them about me fighting there, just different fights, but they wanted me to specifically say Manny Pacquiao," he said. "Basically, that’s an old video. At the end of the day, there’s no talks about me and Manny Pacquiao fighting a rematch.
“Even if we did fight, all they’re going to do is have an excuse, just like the first time," he added. “But as far as me and Manny Pacquiao, as of right now, it will never be a rematch.”
It is just over four years since the two previously met, with Mayweather winning the fight in Las Vegas by unanimous decision to take his record to 48-0.
Mayweather went on to hang up his gloves in August 2017 after recording a victory over UFC star Conor McGregor, seemingly completing his 50-fight career unbeaten. But Pacquiao remains one of the best fighters in the welterweight division. The 40-year-old recently defeated Keith Thurman to become the oldest welterweight world champion in boxing history.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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