Reports out of Manila indicate a stalemate in negotiations that may derail the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton slugfest.
"60-40!" scream the Pacman's camp. "50-50!" counter the Hitman's boys. While Pacquiao, with the pound for pound crown under his belt, arguably deserves a little bit more, he has often been quoted as saying he fights to bring "honor and glory" for his country.
A fight and a possible win against Hatton would do just that. But it isn't all about the "honor and glory," now is it? News out of London has it that Hatton's camp is now threatening to sue Pacquiao's camp for going back on a verbal agreement to do a 50-50 split.
That's the last thing boxing fans want to see—a court battle between two of the most exciting fighters today. Pacquiao's camp has gone as far as saying that they are scouting for another opponent.
This is one fight that must push through. Let us, the boxing purists, hope that what is going on is merely posturing for a better share of the moolah. We've seen it in the De La Hoya-Pacquiao tiff and countless other times before. Let me suggest a 55-45 split then in favor of Manny. Fair enough?
It will be a sad day for boxing if this epic battle between two exciting, evenly matched brawlers who rarely take a backward step will not materialize. Pacman owes that much to boxing to let this fight happen. His country's "honor and glory" is certainly more than a few million dollars, right?
This fight, should it happen, will have fans on their feet from the opening bell with fists flying all over the place.
However which way it goes, there will be flooding in either the streets of Manila or London. Tears from heartbroken Filipinos—or Brits—whatever the case may be.
For love of the sweet science, let's make this happen guys.