Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
A Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao rematch may slowly be fading. Manny Pacquiao greets Floyd Mayweather Jr. as he passes by during the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images/Harry How

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are still around, with the boxing world still waiting if a rematch will take place. After being teased last year when both future boxing Hall of Famers crossed paths in Japan, it has been touch and go.

After that meeting, both fighters took it upon themselves to engage in warm-up matches. Pacquiao handily defeated Adrien Broner, while Mayweather took a different route when he easily disposed of Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.

Mayweather's showing did not escape criticism, with most calling it a laughable event, ESPN reported. It was all about entertainment and not an actual fight, raising some concerns about whether or not the Flamboyant One is really primed to make a ring comeback at the age of 41.

Mayweather was among the spectators present during the Pacquiao vs. Broner fight. After the Pac-Man's win, it came as no surprise that most were waiting for an announcement of a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao 2.

But if Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather's promotional firm, is to be believed, a rematch is not happening.

“He has no interest in doing [a rematch with Pacquiao]. It’s not al­ways about the money. What can the man do? He didn’t have the motivation and desire. He is living his best life, traveling, running most of his busi­ness, spending his hard-earned money,” Ellerbe said in a report from Manila Bulletin Sports Online last month.

Still, that has not stopped the boxing grapevine from hoping for a rematch between the two ring icons. Pacquiao, rather than wait, has opted to move on. Among the names he would consider include Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr., Mikey Garcia and Shawn Porter, the Manila Times reported.

Mayweather is unpredictable when it comes to ring returns. But with the way things are going right now, it seems the undefeated American boxer is really retired. He is busy promoting his events and posting different stuff on social media.

A clearer and likely definite picture could shape up after March 16 when Spence faces Garcia in Arlington, Texas. Whoever wins will likely get an invite to face the Filipino boxing icon.

As for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao 2, the thought will remain in the air, with pundits still leaving the door open for a potential rematch to go down.