Undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. said in a text message to Stephen Smith of ESPN on Tuesday, he is willing to have a rematch with Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
“I will fight him in a year after his surgery,” Mayweather said.
Pacquiao suffered the shoulder injury during his training camp but was able to recuperate weeks before the fight after sending home sparring partners, however, the injury was aggravated during the bout. He will undergo a surgery within this week to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
Meanwhile, a group of boxing enthusiasts filed a $5 million lawsuit against Pacquiao, his manager Michael Koncz, Top Rank, Bob Arum and Todd duBoef for not disclosing the shoulder injury.
The lawsuit says that Pacquiao and Top Rank knew that such injury, a torn rotator cuff, would severely affect Pacman’s performance. Rotator cuff is a group of muscles and their tendons that act to stabilize the shoulder.
“The allegations in this lawsuit are demonstrably false,” Attorney Daniel Petrocelli said, representing Top Rank. “There are documents that explicitly show the medications that Manny was using to treat his shoulder and it was fully disclosed with USADA, which we contracted for this fight.”