Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: 10 Reasons Money Can't Make a Deal with Pacman
Everyone wants to see him face Pacquiao, but many obstacles remain in the way.
Some of these obstacles are valid, while others are petty.
Here are 10 reasons why Mayweather can't seem to make a fight with Pacquiao.
10. Pacquiao's Lawsuit
9. Mayweather's Insistence
Both sides of the negotiations need to give in for an agreement to finally be made.
Manny Pacquiao recently made concessions to undergo random blood drug testing that's been requested by Floyd Mayweather.
In response, Mayweather wants to keep all of the pay-per-view money and give Pacquiao only $40 million for participation in a fight that would make so much more.
Insisting on drug testing and keeping all of the PPV money is the type of attitude that leaves dream fights on the table and not in the ring.
8. Pacquiao's Contradictions
Manny Pacquiao said this past winter that he would take less money against Floyd Mayweather to get the fight done.
Mayweather liked this concession, but it was all but forgotten months later when Pacquiao reneged and wanted 50-50 again.
Mayweather has had his fair share of contradictions in the past, but he's played it straight for the latest round of negotiations.
If Pacquiao wants this fight, he may have to choose a story and stick to it so he doesn't find himself in an unfavorable position in the deal.
7. Mayweather's Demands
Floyd Mayweather stood by his demand of random blood drug testing for himself and Manny Pacquiao in the training camps leading up to their fight. Good job, Floyd.
Pacquiao has seemingly conceded.
Can the fight happen now? No!
Mayweather wants more money than Pacquiao despite their PPV numbers being nearly the same on average.
Mayweather has his record-breaking match against Oscar De La Hoya in his favor, but he was only a fraction of the reason it sold so well.
HBO's 24/7 was a then-new documentary series that highlighted the distinct personalities between humble "Golden Boy" De La Hoya and cocky "Money" Mayweather.
Like many successful firsts, it's always hard to repeat. Mayweather-Pacquiao is the only fight with a chance to obliterate that record.
Until Mayweather realizes that Pacquiao is his equal and not just another fighter he can underpay, he'll never face the Filipino warrior.
6. Pacquiao's Team
Manny Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach and conditioning coach Alex Ariza are just the latest in a long line of members of Team Pacquiao to get into disputes.
Bob Arum removed Pacquiao's group of accountants, known as VisionQwest, from working with Pacquiao's money not too long ago.
Though not every rumor of discord is factual, many have their root in damaging truth.
If Team Pacquiao wants to make the best effort to deal with Mayweather, it needs to be on the same page.
5. Mayweather's Assault
Floyd Mayweather has an assault rifle for a mouth. When he speaks, he spits rounds that tear through everything in his path.
If the next round of negotiations is to begin on solid ground, Mayweather will have to lay the foundation of peace and understanding.
More verbal assaults leave only casualties, like the dream fight the fans want.
4. Pacquiao's Submissiveness
Manny Pacquiao's humble and meek spirit is endearing, but it often leads to him being directed by characters with bigger mouths.
Freddie Roach and Bob Arum are two of the biggest mouths in Pacquiao's ear, but adviser Michael Koncz is another in a long line of voices speaking on behalf of Pacquiao.
Many fans and media members question if Pacquiao truly agrees with everyone who speaks for him or if he's just unable or unwilling to speak up against them.
Pacquiao will have to start setting the record straight for himself if he wants to present a clear message during negotiations.
3. Mayweather's Jail Sentence
Floyd Mayweather goes to jail on June 1 for 90 days, but that was not always the case. He convinced a judge to push back his sentence from January to June to allow him to fight in May.
Manny Pacquiao had already moved on to a new opponent in Timothy Bradley by the time Mayweather made the change.
In the future, jail may affect Mayweather to the point where he needs extra time getting back in peak shape.
If there's the least bit of hesitance, Pacquiao will quickly find another opponent.
2. Pacquiao's Unfinished Business
Juan Manuel Marquez is Manny Pacquiao's biggest rival, and last November, the two engaged in their third matchup together.
Pacquiao barely scraped out a majority decision.
He was consistently countered, left and right, leaving many to argue that Marquez should have received the decision.
Pacquiao must close the book on this rivalry.
Mayweather has already dominated Marquez back in 2009. Pacquiao needs to decisively beat Marquez so that he can go into a fight with Mayweather without anything being held over his head.
1. Mayweather's Unfinished Business
Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto has been talked about since 2005, when both fighters were under the Top Rank stable.
Now that Mayweather has left Top Rank, and Cotto recently finished his contract, both fighters are free to fight whoever they want—and they decided to fight each other.
Not only will their fight be interesting, it'll be the biggest blockbuster of any boxing event this year. Mayweather and Cotto are trying to tell Manny Pacquiao something: join them.
Pacquiao is the last elite popular fighter to be chained to a company. Oscar De La Hoya left Top Rank to form his own promotional outfit. Mayweather and Cotto followed suit.
Pacquiao is sadly still there. When three smart, successful fighters leave and become more successful, the one that remains has to take notice.
Mayweather can't treat Pacquiao fairly in his dealings, because he sees Pacquiao is not on his level from a business standpoint.
Sure, Pacquiao sells out arenas and can sell well over a million PPV buys, but his ability to reap as much from those sales as possible is worthless in comparison to his peers.
Mayweather will attempt to shine the multimillion-dollar light in Pacquiao's eyes with the amount of business he and Cotto make from their May 5 matchup.
If Pacquiao truly sees the light, he will come running, ready to make a deal by any means necessary, and Mayweather vs. Pacquiao will finally come to fruition.