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Bob Arum says Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch is likely

The Top Rank promoter rates the chances of a May-Pac sequel at 75 percent.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Manny Pacquiao - News Conference Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum tells ESPN that Manny Pacquiao will definitely fight again in the spring while also rating the chance of a May-Pac rematch as very likely. Obviously Floyd Mayweather cause quite a stir when he showed up ringside to the Pacquiao-Vargas fight over the weekend — because he basically never attends fights as a fan, particularly for cards he isn’t promoting.

Mayweather told reporters that he was just taking his daughter to a fight, but few will take that at face value since it’s quite out of the norm for him.

But for those already dreading another long and protracted negotiation between Mayweather and Pacquiao, which dominated headlines for years, Bob Arum believes that a rematch will come together rather easily should Mayweather decide to return to boxing.

"Floyd came to the fight and he was very friendly with [Top Rank president] Todd [duBoef] and some of our staff," Arum told ESPN on Monday. "Now, that doesn't mean that the fight will happen, but if it does, it won't take a long time to make because the animosity that was there before the first fight is gone. There's no more animosity between the camps."

Then, speaking on the chances that May-Pac 2 actually happens, Arum says:

"Like everyone else, I'm guessing there will be a rematch. He did come to the fight," Arum said. "I give it 75 percent. Do I know it's gonna happen? No. Do I know if Floyd wants the fight? No. I know nothing more than the public knows at this point and what I observed."

One thing is for sure though, Mayweather sure loves him some money, and even a much less appealing sequel to a Pacquiao fight could earn him another 9-figure windfall. That just might be all the incentive Mayweather needs to lace them up again.