Have you ever heard of the 12-step program that many people use to fight addictive habits? It’s a program that guarantees that if you follow and complete all the steps, you will be cured. One of the most important ideas behind it is that without completing that very last step, success is unlikely.
The Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao drama has become so intense and convoluted that I feel it needs its own X-step program to untangle it and bring it to a successful conclusion.
Yesterday, Pacquiao had mentioned that he had wanted a 50/50 financial split, and if that is met, he would be willing to fight Mayweather Jr. at any point in time.
“It’s just right that we share equally. Floyd has to look at the PPV numbers to understand why it be fair for us to split it in half,” said Pacquiao.
Yesterday, after the news of their one-on-one phone conversation hit the web, many boxing fans, including myself, felt assured that they would work it out and come to an agreement. Well, it appears as though it may have been false hope.
In an email to ESPN anchor Stan Verrett, Floyd wrote the following:
I called him and asked him about us fighting May 5 and giving the World what they want to see. I also let him know we both can make a lot of money. He ask about a 50/50 split and I told him no that can't happen, but what can happen is you can make more money fighting me then you have made in your career. I also let him know I'm in control on my side but he needs to get on the same page with his promoter so we can make this fight happen. I told him to tell his promoter that he only wants to fight Mayweather and that this fight will be the biggest fight in history. His manger came to my boxing gym a few months ago and we spoke about getting the defamation of character lawsuit dropped against me and about both fighters taking the random blood and urine test. I spoke to his manager again last night about the same thing. The call last night lasted 15 or 20 minutes. I mainly spoke to his manager he got on and off the phone real quick.
After reading the entire message, two things are much clearer now: First of all, it is now confirmed that Mayweather Jr. does not feel like a 50/50 split is fair, and he's not willing to agree to such a deal. Secondly, since Pacquiao was on and off the phone, failing to have a man-to-man conversation and leaving Floyd with his promoter on the line, it is obvious that Pacquiao is but a puppet in this game of numbers; whatever they want, he does, being a good and obedient cash cow.
Please don’t take it the wrong way; I like Manny and his character. I like his enthusiasm and unquestioned effort. It’s Bob Arum who puppeteers Pacquiao into very unexciting situations with low risk and low historical reward. Arum and Manny have the opportunity to be involved in one of the most exciting and sought-after fights in the entire history of boxing—why would anyone not want to be a part of such a thing?