Boxing’s pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather, recently responded to Manny Pacquiao’s offer to receive 45 percent of the purse in a potential fight between the two, making it clear the Filipino congressman isn’t in a position to make any demands.
Pacquiao wasn’t pleased with Mayweather’s response, and he feels “Money” is doing everything he can to avoid a super-fight between the two.
“If the fight doesn’t happen, it’s not my fault,” Pacquiao said during an interview with USA Today. “I don’t know what’s in his mind, but I’m not going to accuse him of being greedy or judge him. It’s hard to judge right now. It’s his title, it’s his own life. … If this fight doesn’t happen, I believe he is avoiding me.”
It’s hard to believe a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight will ever happen with comments like these from “Pac Man.”
Both men came close to signing a contract in 2009, and Manny Pacquiao was responsible for the failed negotiations. He refused to undergo Olympic Style Drug Testing — something that is the norm in most professional sports. Even now, Pacquiao is still one of the few top-level boxers in the world who have never submitted to OSDT.
Earlier this year, when it looked like Mayweather was about to start serving a 90-day sentence at the Clark County Detention Center, Pacquiao seemed eager to fight Mayweather on May 5. However, he quickly changed his tune when Floyd’s incarceration was postponed. Manny went through a bunch of pathetic excuses to avoid a May 5 bout against “Money,” with his promoter, Bob Arum, citing everything from a cut, to the MGM Grand not being big enough for a super-fight.
Without a doubt, Pacquiao has never genuinely tried to secure a fight against Mayweather, and he’s the main reason the two will never meet inside the ring. The Filipino congressman’s politicking might be enough to fool his die-hard followers, but it’s pretty clear to real boxing fans that he doesn’t want anything to do with Mayweather.
Manny Pacquiao used the purse split as his official excuse to end their previous round of negotiations, and he seems to be headed down the same road again
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.