A little over a month ago, Manny Pacquiao, offered to accept the lesser portion of a 45/55 purse-split in a potential fight against Floyd Mayweather. Floyd’s advisor Leonard Ellerbe immediately dismissed Pacquiao’s offer, but “Money” himself remained quiet about the issue.
Mayweather finally addressed the offer during a recent interview with FightHype.com.
“You have to realize this, in my opinion, Manny Pacquiao is desperate,” Mayweather said. “He doesn’t make his own decisions, because Manny Pacquiao has a boss — his promoter — that makes his decisions. Once you take a loss and you’re on the decline… listen, Manny Pacquiao, whether he got cheated or not, his stock drops enormously after taking a loss. No matter how you took a loss, you took an L.”
I scored Pacquiao’s last outing against Timothy Bradley in favor of the Filipino congressman, but Mayweather isn’t wrong for saying it still drops Manny’s stock. Coming into the fight, many expected Pacquiao to annihilate Bradley — who injured his feet early in the contest — but he wasn’t able to get the job done. “Pac Man” got out-boxed on a number of exchanges during the bout, offering little action until the final moments of most rounds.
Factor in the fact that Manny needed the judges’ assistance to get past Juan Manuel Marquez in 2011, and it’s easy to see where Mayweather is coming from.
As far as Mayweather is concerned, Pacquiao isn’t in a position to make any offers, and they certainly won’t be making anything close to the same amount of money if the two ever meet inside the ring. Floyd is the better fighter, the bigger draw, and he’ll be the one calling the shots if Pacquiao ever decides to hold serious negotiations.
“It’s public record. Unless I’m mistaken, Manny Pacquiao received a check for 6 million dollars the night of his last fight — according to the bout agreement — so how can a 6 million dollar fighter, who don’t even do the type of numbers that I do or bring in the type of revenue that I bring in, even offer me anything,” Mayweather explained. “Like I said before, last fight, we don’t even know what his numbers were. My fights, they’re putting the official numbers out there. HBO always puts the official numbers out there, right? They don’t show his numbers at all. Come on, man. Those are fake numbers.”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.