Accomplished boxing trainer and ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas had seen his share of mega-fights over the years, and he had a few things to say about ongoing negotiations between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather.
“I think that at the end of the day, everybody has a little bit of bull [expletive] in them, to be honest with you, everybody,” Atlas said in an interview with Boxingscene.com. ” I’ve given Mayweather the benefit of the doubt and I’ve been on his side in some areas, which has been an unpopular side to be on, but I have [been on his side] because I thought it was right to be on that side. But with all the bull [expletive] back and forth, and there has been plenty of it in both courts, you can’t say that you refuse to go 50/50 if you’re Mayweather.”
Even though Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has tried his best to stall negotiations (using Pacquiao’s cut suffered against Juan Manuel Marquez and claiming the MGM Grand Garden Arena isn’t big enough for the super-fight), Mayweather’s refusal of a 50/50 split certainly plays into Arum’s hands.
“You just can’t do it,” Atlas continued. “I don’t think anybody can make a case, if they are being honest and they are really sober, on how they are not going to give 50/50 to Pacquiao. And you are talking about the guy who right now is the biggest engine in boxing.
Pacquiao’s PPV numbers speak for themselves, and most educated boxing fans would probably agree the purse should be split evenly.
At this point, the odds of a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao super-fight taking place anytime soon are pretty low, and the WBC champ’s stance on the revenue split clearly makes things a lot harder.
Even with his controversial image, Mayweather was winning the public relations battle between the two, but his recent stance on the revenue split won’t win him any new fans.