For years, Floyd Mayweather (43-0-0, 26 KOs) and Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) have teased boxing fans with the possibility of a super-fight between the two, and some still hope the highly anticipated bout will happen someday.
However, the odds of a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bout ever happening are slim to none, as the window of opportunity for the fight is almost closed.
A few months ago, Pacquiao indicated he’d be willing to receive the smaller share of a 45/55 purse split, but Mayweather quickly shot the offer down. It wasn’t exactly a surprise Mayweather wasn’t interested in Pacquiao’s offer, considering the fact he’d already made it clear in the past that there won’t be anything close to an even purse split if they ever fight.
Yet Pacquiao made his offer anyway.
Can’t say I blame Floyd Mayweather for his stance, considering the fact he’s the pound-for-pound best boxer in the world right now, while Pacquiao is only a shadow of his former self.
It’s like asking Michael Jordan and Steve Kerr (no offense to Kerr who is a way better basketball player than I’ll ever be) to sign for the same amount of money, it just doesn’t sound right.
Pacquiao continues to act as if his 45/55 offer is a reasonable proposition, which means he really isn’t trying to secure a super-fight with Floyd.
“I already announced everything that they wanted,” Pacquiao said, per Boxingscene.com. “I’m just waiting for the answer [from Mayweather]. It’s up to him. … That’s a big fight that the fans are waiting for and you guys [too]. They are really waiting to see that fight, and that’s why I said that I’m okay with 55-45 just to make the fight happen…whatever he wants….drug testing….the rules and regulations…whatever he wants…no problem.”
I don’t get why Pacquiao thinks he’s doing the boxing world a favor by offering to accept a 45/55 split, when he’s never made anything thing close to what “Money” commands. A typical Pacquiao purse is about 1/3 of an average Mayweather purse, so it’s only rational to expect the monetary split between the two to reflect that fact.
When Pacquiao offers to accept 33 percent of the purse against Floyd Mayweather, I’ll start to take his claims that he really wants the super-fight seriously.