LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he is coming out of retirement again, to fight Manny Pacquiao for a second time in December.
Mayweather posted a video on Instagram early Saturday that showed him and Pacquiao together, reportedly in Japan, jawing at each other over a possible second fight.
“I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year,” Mayweather wrote. “Another 9 figure pay day on the way.”
Whether the fight actually happens remains to be seen. There are no promotional barriers between the two men, because Mayweather promotes himself and Pacquiao is a boxing free agent.
Oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook immediately made Mayweather a 2-to-1 favorite.
Mayweather defeated Pacquiao in May 2015 in a hugely hyped fight that was largely panned by boxing fans. The bout delivered a record 4.6 million pay-per-view buys. Pacquiao blamed an injured shoulder after he landed only 81 punches in the fight.
Mayweather, who has a 50-0 record, last fought a year ago when he stopped Conor McGregor, the Ultimate Fighting Championship star who was in his first professional boxing match. Mayweather, 41, reportedly made more than $200 million for that fight, on top of a reported $300 million for his win over Pacquiao.
Pacquiao, the Filipino star who will be 40 in December, lost to the unheralded Jeff Horn last year before rebounding with a win over Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia last month.
Representatives for Mayweather and Pacquiao could not immediately be reached for comment.