Former WBO welterweight champion, Manny Pacquiao, stirred up some members of the boxing community with his recent comments, stating he would be willing to accept a 45 percent split in a potential fight against Floyd Mayweather.
“I will accept a 45 percent-55 percent split with Floyd Mayweather,” Pacquiao said. “He can have top billing. He can have his choice of entering the ring first or second. He can have his choice of being introduced first or second. He can even wear my trunks if it gets him into the ring with me. I want to fight Floyd Mayweather next.”
Obviously, Mayweather’s camp laughed at the proposal, and I can’t really blame them, considering the fact Pacquiao said something similar during their last round of negotiations, before going back on his word.
“Manny Pacquiao can’t tell Floyd Mayweather [expletive],” Mayweather advisor Leonard Ellerbe said during a conversation with The Times. “If and when the fight takes place, Floyd will dictate the terms.”
Pacquiao hasn’t been particularly impressive in his last two outings, winning a controversial decision against Marquez (I scored all three fights between the two in favor of “Dinamita”), and then getting the short end of the stick against Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao’s best days seem to be behind him, and at this point, he has nothing to lose by facing Mayweather.
However, like he’s done in the past, Pacquiao’s simply launching a public relations campaign and it doesn’t look like he has any real desire to face Floyd Mayweather.
For years, even though I’ve known deep down that a Mayweather-Pacquiao bout would probably never happen, I’ve remained hopeful about the highly anticipated super-fight. However, at this point, it’s clear Pacquiao has no intentions to ever square up against Mayweather, and he’s content to live off the myth that he’s capable of dethroning boxing’s pound-for-pound king.
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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.