Mayweather vs. Cotto: Why 'Money' Clearly Has No Interest in Facing Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are destined to meet someday at some point. Why not now?
As Mayweather prepares to face Miguel Cotto on May 5, fans continue to ask if Mayweather has any interest in fighting Pacquiao.
Pacquiao and Mayweather have had multiple failed negotiations.
Some say Pacquiao is the source of why the dream fight hasn't come into fruition when he decided he wouldn't take Mayweather's blood-testing for performance enhancement drugs.
But when Pacquiao recently stated he would accept the randomized blood-testing, Mayweather suddenly had a demand to keep all of the pay-per-view money.
Pacquiao would only receive a $40 million guarantee in the deal Mayweather desires.
Mayweather and Pacquiao have emerged as nearly equal in popularity, rendering demands by one fighter to keep all the PPV money invalid.
With that said, it appears Mayweather has no interest in facing Pacquiao by maintaining this stance.
If Mayweather really has no interest in fighting Pacquiao, fans want to know why. Here is an examination of 10 reasons why Mayweather may have no interest in facing Pacquiao.
Mayweather Is Making His Case for Why He Deserves More Money
Mayweather's comeback fight in 2009 against Juan Manuel Marquez earned over $1 million in PPV sales.
Pacquiao's fight against Miguel Cotto that year would earn more than $1.25 million in PPV sales.
While a Mayweather PPV may not always beat a Pacquiao PPV when going head to head, Mayweather has consistently outsold Pacquiao against common opponents.
Mayweather fought Oscar De La Hoya in a fight that generated $2.4 million in PPV sales in 2007.
When Pacquiao fought De La Hoya, the fight was only able to churn out $1.25 million in 2008.
Besides Marquez, who Pacquiao already had two close fights and deep rivalry with for years in anticipation of their blockbuster third bout, Mayweather has continually outsold Pacquiao against similar opponents.
If Mayweather is able to generate better sales against Cotto than Pacquiao made against Cotto, then Mayweather can be expected to reaffirm his point.
He believes he's a bigger attraction than Pacquiao and deserves more money.
Mayweather Is Still Perfecting a Strategy
Mayweather is a thinker and he knows how to adjust to various fighters, but Pacquiao's style may be one that requires further examination.
Pacquiao is a fast, little guy who throws long combinations from awkward angles at a southpaw stance.
Mayweather has had problems in the past with fighters in the southpaw stance, such as Zab Judah.
Mayweather was also troubled by Mosley's big punch in the second round of their fight.
Mayweather's last opponent was a southpaw in Ortiz. His upcoming opponent is a very good boxer with a big punch in Cotto.
If Mayweather is possibly getting ready for Pacquiao, he likely won't be interested until he's confident he'll win. If he dominates Cotto, expect Mayweather to try harder to make a fight with Pacquiao.
Mayweather Is Waiting for Pacquiao to Wear out First
Mayweather is a defensive fighter, known for not taking much damage during fights.
Pacquiao is an offensive fighter and suffers cuts and bruising far more often.
Though Pacquiao is two years younger than Mayweather, it's possible Pacquiao could fade more quickly as the years pass by than Mayweather thanks to his fan-friendly style.
As the two continue to fight everyone else, Mayweather may watch to see if Pacquiao has lost enough ability to become interested again.
Mayweather Is Amassing as Much Money as Possible Before Facing Pacquiao
Mayweather has made millions off flaunting his undefeated record as a red cape for various bulls in boxing trunks to charge toward.
Pacquiao may be seen as the ultimate bull in boxing trunks. Pacquiao is the most dangerous welterweight Mayweather could possibly face at this point in his career.
If he believes Pacquiao possesses the best chance of taking away his undefeated record, it's best he face the next most dangerous opponents and reap as much money as possible.
Mayweather Wants to Squeeze as Much Money out of Pacquiao as Possible
In concerts, many musicians come out late on purpose to get the audience in attendance to be antsy and on edge with dreams of the greatest concert of all time.
By the time the artist steps on stage, their fans are ecstatic to see who they waited so long for.
The shot of euphoria leads to a more energetic crowd for the artist to feed off of. A euphoric night leads to higher merchandise sales.
Mayweather is expected to make the biggest single-fight payday of his career against Pacquiao.
Why not delay the fight and grow the is-this-real euphoria of the fight actually happening?
The delays can cause people who would never even buy PPV to consider buying ringside tickets because of the years of drama that preceded the event.
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is a fight that benefits from every extra moment taken to not announce it. People will soon be more than happy to pay $80 for the PPV and $3,000 for a ringside ticket.
Mayweather Wants to See Pacquiao Lose First
Pacquiao faces a skilled, young, dangerous, undefeated fighter in Timothy Bradley on June 9.
Mayweather faces a dangerous opponent as well in Cotto, but what if Mayweather is more confident in his own skills than he is in Pacquiao's skills?
By waiting to see Pacquiao lose first, Mayweather can further dictate the financial terms of an eventual meeting with Pacquiao.
Pacquiao will no longer be considered Mayweather's pound-for-pound equivalent and therefore would have to take a lesser share of the money.
The two fighters may fight over how much less Pacquiao makes, but the point is Mayweather would get the lion's share.
Mayweather Doesn't Believe Pacquiao Will Take Random Blood Drug-Testing
Mayweather's first and most prevalent reason for failed negotiations with Pacquiao is behind random blood drug-testing.
Pacquiao didn't want random blood drug-testing but has recently conceded to it in the media in order to make the fight the people want to see.
Behind the scenes, Pacquiao's team may not have signed any contracts or drawn up any contracts that indicate Pacquiao would take fully randomized blood drug-testing.
Mayweather has used random blood drug-testing for his last three fights, including his upcoming fight against Cotto. Mayweather and his opponent both undergo the testing.
Mayweather may not feel any sympathy for an opponent such as Pacquiao who has been so resistant to drug-testing.
This could lead Mayweather to doubt Pacquiao's sincerity regarding statements saying he'll take the tests.
Maybe the next round of negotiations will be more revealing as to whether Pacquiao has actually agreed to the type of testing procedures Mayweather has gone through.
Mayweather Is Beginning to Grow out of the 147 Division
Why would Mayweather suddenly take a difficult fight at 154 lbs when a bigger payday waits at 147?
I'll answer that with another question. Could Mayweather be secretly growing out of 147?
Fighters grow out of divisions all the time, especially late in age where weight doesn't come off easily. Mayweather is 35 years old.
Old men have a hard time losing or maintaining weight. Mayweather is healthy, but he's also an old man.
Mayweather's last fight against Ortiz only lasted four rounds. Fighters with weight problems usually fade later from cutting last-minute pounds.
With Mexican 154-lb king Saul Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KO) being groomed to face Shane Mosley on the undercard of Mayweather's next fight, Mayweather already has an alternate big-money fight to chase if he beats Cotto.
Mayweather Wants to Use His Jail Sentence for an Epic 24/7
Just ask Mike Tyson upon his lucrative 1995 return from the joint, incarceration makes fighters richer.
Mayweather reports to jail June 1 for domestic violence. His 90-day sentence could be shaved 30 days for good behavior.
Mayweather-Pacquiao is already a heavily anticipated match.
What happens to the dream fight when Mayweather comes out of prison with a signed contract to face the Pacman and a new "reformed image"?
Mayweather has already shown out-of-the-normal respect for his upcoming opponent in a move seldom seen when he promotes his fights.
Could Mayweather be auditioning a new character to debut at the promotion of his next fight?
Prison bars, even for a short time, make fans doubt a fighter's ability worse than inactivity. This will lead to a new level of discussion about Mayweather-Pacquiao and ultimately more money on the table.
Mayweather Could Care Less
Mayweather's fiance is a woman who goes by the moniker of Miss Jackson, and boy, is she sexy.
Why focus on a man halfway around the world who punches hard when you have a lady like this in your ear?
But seriously, he already has money and could make money with many a fighter.
From Saul Alvarez to Sergio Martinez, the HBO 24/7 hype machine has made Mayweather generate million-plus PPV sales time and time again.
Paulie Malignaggi (31-4, 7 KO) just knocked out an undefeated Ukrainian for the WBA welterweight world title.
Robert Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KO) is set to make his welterweight debut July 28 against another undefeated fighter for an interim WBC welterweight title.
Devon Alexander (23-1, 13 KO) recently debuted impressively at 147 and is aiming for an August return against an unknown opponent.
Who these men fought or will fight doesn't matter as much as who they are all promoted by, Golden Boy Promotions.
Mayweather has worked with them for the majority of his most lucrative PPV events. There's no reason to believe that relationship won't continue.
With the right spin and the right kind of wins, anyone can be promoted as the next opponent with a chance to take away Mayweather's "0."
Pacquiao is one fighter who is not only dangerous but is under an opposing promoter, Top Rank.
Mayweather and Top Rank have an ugly history together, and patching things up will be difficult.
And Top Rank's inclusion means more hands in a pot Mayweather is used to sharing with less people.
So Mayweather may feel comfortable to just list his demands and not jump at a Pacquiao fight unless his demands are met.
The alternate options are endless and smaller but far less difficult to realize.