Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: How Cash Has Ruined Chance at Superfight

Brett GeringCorrespondent IMay 8, 2012

Photo: RollingOut.com
Photo: RollingOut.com

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao is the fight to end all fights. However, if the potential matchup ever comes to fruition, "Money" Mayweather will have to reexamine what's in a name. 

After Mayweather vs. Cotto was officially in the books, the flamboyant victor implied that Manny Pacquiao should have been in the opposing corner on May 5. After Larry Merchant inquired about Mayweather's unwavering stance on a 60/40 purse split, Floyd replied:

"Like I said before, I've been trying to make the Pacquiao fight. I mean, Miguel Cotto didn't have a problem taking the random blood and urine test, so why should [Pacquiao]? If you the best, take the test. And let's give the fans what they want to see: Mayweather/Pacquiao."

Mayweather's swift deflection of the question says one thing: he's not ready to budge on the lopsided purse split. 

Floyd's whole-hearted disdain for Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, is boxing's worst-kept secret. 

Outside of the ring, Arum—who was also Mayweather's promoter during his climb to fame—is just as hard-headed as "Pretty Boy" Floyd. He stands firm in his protest of the uneven split, citing that Pacquiao is just as appealing of a draw as Mayweather himself. 

This is where the schism occurs. 

Much to Bob Arum's chagrin, numbers never lie. 

A Nevada State Athletic Commission document (BoxingSocialist.com) reveals that Manny Pacquiao's last fight, against Shane Mosley, earned the proud Filipino $6 million. In fact, his earnings actually declined. Pacquiao's highest earnings derived from his bouts with Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton—both respectively paying out $7.4 million. 

In stark contrast, Floyd Mayweather's numbers are rapidly increasing, as tweeted by ESPN's Dan Rafael


Congrats to @FloydMayweather. The $32M guarantee on his Nevada contract for Saturday's fight is the biggest purse guarantee in history.

— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) May 4, 2012


Which fight held the previous record? Mike Tyson's rematch against Evander Holyfield, following the notorious ear-biting incident.

According to the Boston Herald's Dan Borges, Miguel Cotto raked in a guaranteed $8 million by lacing up his gloves against Mayweather.

It doesn't take a mathematician to conclude that Floyd Mayweather's opponents are cashing in larger guaranteed paychecks than Manny Pacquiao is while headlining. 

If this fight transcends beyond the field of dreams, somebody's solidified stance will be forced to falter.

On paper, Mayweather makes a justifiable case.

However, it takes two to tango.

"Money" talks, but Manny Pacquiao is singing a different tune.