Promotional king Floyd Mayweather steals the Canelo vs. GGG 2 spotlight from across the globe

Despite being more than 5,500 miles and eight time zones removed from the epicenter of the boxing world early Saturday morning in Las Vegas, leave it to retired pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather to once again steal the headlines

In yet another masterful takeover of the narrative on boxing’s biggest day of 2018, Mayweather succeeded in taking attention away from the much-hyped middleweight title rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin — at “the house that Floyd built,”no less — in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 

The 41-year-old Mayweather, who was in attendance at a music festival in Tokyo, posted a video on Instagram of him approaching Manny Pacquiao at the event and announcing what alluded to a December rematch (and a “nine-figure payday” that he deemed “easy work”). 

The majority of boxing media members woke up Saturday to a fire drill as they scrambled to make sense of the interaction: Was it planned in advance? Is there a fight contract? What might Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank have to say about this?

Details remain sketchy to all of the above, but it’s clear from the timing of the announcement that it was just another calculated move from Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) to remind the world of his star power and the obvious longing he has to still be considered the

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