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Floyd Mayweather wants tune-up fight in Tokyo before Manny Pacquiao rematch

Evidently Floyd Mayweather isn’t coming back for just one fight.

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We have a simply riveting update to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao 2 rematch. It turns out that Mayweather may fight again before facing Pacquiao in 2019, as opposed to December.

“I know everybody’s heard about the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, but before the Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch, I will be back in Tokyo for a huge boxing event. Stay tuned,” Mayweather said in a video posted by TMZ Sports.

According to TMZ, “Floyd hasn’t yet picked an opponent -- and he ain’t just lookin’ at boxers -- he’s also checking out kickboxers and MMA fighters.” A Conor McGregor rematch was not among those being considered.

Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) has retired and unretired umpteen times over his boxing career, including in 2015 after beating Pacquiao and Andre Berto, as well as last year when he bested McGregor by 10th-round TKO in the second-richest boxing match of all-time. I can’t imagine why he’d come back this time around...

It’s been widely reported that if Mayweather vs. Pacquiao 2 were to happen this year, December 1st and December 8th were the targeted dates. Pacquiao says that he wants to finalize his next fight soon, and even if it’s not Floyd in December, Terence Crawford, Amir Khan, and Adrien Broner are among his other options. Crawford seems like a longshot considering he’s fighting on October 13th, but Khan and Broner are currently without a fight.

TMZ also notes that if Mayweather, who’s fought exclusively in Vegas for more than a decade, does fight in Japan, they’re looking at New Year’s Eve as the target date.