Welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. opened up to Bob Costas on Costas Tonight on his feelings about Manny Pacquiao and the fight that the world has waited to see over the past few years to no avail.
Floyd first gave Costas his thoughts on Pacquiao's win over Juan Manuel Marquez:
I thought he lost. I thought Pacquiao lost.
Mayweather seemed to point to the only reason that Pacquiao won his controversial decision over Marquez in their third bout, was because it would tarnish a possible super fight with Mayweather, if it were ever to be signed—something that many in the boxing community have expressed as well.
Money May went further into why he won't give Pacquiao, or any fighter for that matter, a 50-50 split of a fight's purse.
I done my homework and saw what he (Pacquiao) was making for big fights. The offer that I made him, I told him $40 million and I told him I would wire him $20 (million) in 72 hours.
Obviously Mayweather was basically offering Pacquiao double what he averages for his big fights, as he averages around $20 million per fight.
This is opposed to Pacquiao's last offer of a 45-45 split, with the reaming 10 percent of the purse going to the winner.
In this sense, even though Mayweather is the undefeated champ and does deserve a bigger piece of the purse in all cases but one against Pacquiao, Mayweather's stubbornness to not accept what seems to be the best scenario will keep the megafight from ever happening.
Money May elaborated—in third person—on what accepting a 50-50 split means to him.
I'm not giving up the split. I'm not. I can't afford to. No I'm not. I gave this sport (boxing) my whole life. I've been dominating this sport. I have record breaking numbers that I have done. He (Pacquiao) has no record breaking numbers...With or without Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather is okay. Floyd Mayweather fight for Floyd Mayweather. at the end of the day Floyd Mayweather has to be happy.
In the end one would hope that Mayweather would see the light at the end of the tunnel is near for his boxing career—unless he wants to prolong his career and go out like Roy Jones Jr, a once dominating boxer turned joke in the rin—and the 45-45 split, winner take the remaining 10 percent is the biggest payday that he will see in his entire career, win, lose or draw.