Depending on who you talk to, many boxing fans have varying opinions on the failed discussions between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and the sports’ pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather.
For years, fans have waited for the highly anticipated bout between the two, but obstacles seem to always come up when the two camps sit down to negotiate. Mayweather has received a majority of the blame over the years, but many boxing fans started looking at the failed negotiations between the two a little differently after their last round of negotiations.
However, Pacquiao remains adamant that he’s not to blame for the failed negotiations with Mayweather, sharing his thoughts during a Q&A session with HBO.
“The only thing preventing a fight between Floyd Mayweather and me is Floyd Mayweather,” Pacquiao elaborated. “He no longer wants to split the pay-per-view revenue with me equally, something he agreed to in our first negotiation. Will the fight ever happen? It’s up to Floyd. I hope it does. I’m a competitor and I enjoy a challenge. I know the fans want to see us fight. I think it would be good for boxing. As long as I continue fighting I will remain hopeful that the fight will take place.”
While Pacquiao is right about the fact that the split wasn’t a problem during their earlier rounds of negotiations, he did manage to leave out some important facts. In reality, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao would have happened a few years ago, if the Filipino congressman had agreed to undergo Olympic style drug testing (OSDT).
Manny Pacquiao balked at the idea of OSDT for years, but he eventually softened his stance due to the negative reaction he was getting from hardcore boxing fans. He still refuses to allow the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to administer the tests, but he is open to other organizations.
Pacquiao also deserves some of the blame for the results of the last round of discussions, considering the fact he made multiple excuses to avoid the fight. When it didn’t seem like Floyd Mayweather would be able to make the May 5 date due to his legal troubles, Pacquiao was eager to fight on that date. But he quickly changed his tune when Floyd’s sentence was postponed, claiming he wouldn’t be able to start training camp on time due to a cut suffered against Juan Manuel Marquez in November amongst other things.
Mayweather ended up giving Pacquiao an excuse to back out with his refusal to accept a 50/50 split (understandably, considering the fact he brings more to the table), but I don’t think the fight would have happened regardless.
While Pacquiao continues to express his desire to fight Mayweather, his actions don’t match his words, and I don’t think the two will ever come to terms.
Boxingscene.com, “Pacquiao: Only Floyd Mayweather is Preventing Our Fight!”
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.