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Manny Pacquiao wants a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.
The Filipino ring icon made the pronouncement on Monday in a live interview on "24 Oras," a day after he lost via unanimous decision to the unbeaten American champion.
"Kung ako, gusto ko mag-rematch," said Pacquiao, adding that he wants to face Mayweather at his best. Pacquiao admitted to being affected by an injury during the fight after hurting his shoulder in training.
Pacquiao, however, doesn't know if Mayweather would want to face him again.
"Ewan ko sa kaniya kung gusto niya mag-rematch," said Pacquiao, whose negotiations with Mayweather was off and on for five years before they finally agreed to have a fight.
There is no rematch clause in the contract of the two fighters.
Before looking at another fight with Mayweather, however, Pacquiao will undergo another magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam to determine if he needs surgery on his shoulder.
Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach has already expressed willingness to go at Mayweather again.
"I thought we fought a good fight," said the Hall of Famer. "We’d love to do it again. Hopefully as soon in the future."
Mayweather, for his part, doesn't seem to be too keen on another faceoff with Pacquiao.
"I can quit boxing today and I’m a-okay," he said. "In my era I’m TBE (The Best Ever)."
In the same "24 Oras" interview, Pacquiao said he Pacquiao believes the Mayweather camp had knowledge about his shoulder injury before they stepped into the ring.
Pacquiao said he thinks the events that happened once he got to the MGM Grand Arena indicated this.
"Alam nila dahil yung mga ginagawa nila," he said.
Pacquiao suffered the injury during training, but had been taking painkiller shots to continue his buildup. But the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the fight, did not allow him to take a shot on the evening of the fight.
Francisco Aguilar, chairman of the commission, on Sunday said they only knew of Pacquiao's injury that night. But Pacquiao, who said the commission also barred him from taking his usual vitamins, said they included the info in a pre-fight health checklist submitted by his camp.
Pacquiao, however, doesn't know if there was a spy who leaked the information to the Mayweather camp.
"Hindi natin alam kung paano niya nalaman," he said.
Pacquiao also revealed that he called his opponent after the fight.
But it had little to do with boxing, because Pacquiao merely wanted to invite Mayweather to bible study.
"Yung pagkatapos ng fight, bible study, invite ko sana siya," Pacquiao said.
Before the fight, Pacquiao had already expressed a desire to share his faith with Mayweather.
"I want to teach him a lesson," Pacquiao said in an interview last month. "To be a good person, to be an example for everybody. To let him know that there is God and we should humble ourselves before God."
Did the Pambansang Kamao have any luck reaching Mayweather?
"Sinubukan kong tawagan yung phone niya, naka-off naman," said Pacquiao. -- JST, GMA News