If Manny Pacquiao really wants to make the super-fight a reality, he must prove it to the boxing world. Whether he admits it or not, Floyd Mayweather is in control of the situation.
The onus for making the fight falls on Pacquiao. Mayweather has offered Pacquiao a significant amount of money, only pride can prevent him from taking it.
When two people with a ton of pride can’t agree, the one with the leverage gets his way. In my opinion, that is Mayweather.
If Manny wants to get this done, there are three simple things he must do to force the issue.
Defeat Other Opponents
On June 9, Manny Pacquiao has a very tough opponent in undefeated Timothy Bradley. This will be no cakewalk for Pacquiao. Bradley is a tough, rugged and hungry fighter who I believe could beat him.
If Pacquiao loses to Bradley, the chances of a super-fight are on life support—if they aren’t completely dead. Pacquiao figures to have at least one more opponent before Mayweather Jr. is released from jail and has time to train.
Manny has to win those bouts to keep the super-fight’s super appeal.
Take 50-50 Deal
Does Manny deserve a 50-50 split in a fight with Mayweather?
Manny doesn’t promote, he’s just a fighter. Mayweather wears more hats in the process and he is a bigger star in this country. The fight would by all accounts take place in the states; in this scenario, how would Pacquiao be entitled to an even split with Mayweather?
He isn’t; so he and Bob Arum must put their pride aside, and take advantage of Mayweather’s $40 million offer.
It's irrational to try to command the same amount as Mayweather in this process.
Take the Test
Do you have doubts that Manny is clean and free of steroids?
I’m not calling Pacquiao a steroid user; that is a serious accusation. But if I were Pacquiao, I’d want to prove to the world the rumors weren’t true. With Mayweather's other opponents (Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto) agreeing to take the requested drug test, it makes Pacquiao look bad when he refuses to comply.
With that negative label hanging over him, he should submit to any test just to clear his name. Some may perceive his evasiveness and reluctance to submit to stringent drug testing as a sign of guilt.
Mayweather has said, “If you the best, take the test.” I must agree with the sentiments behind that statement.
If Manny does these three things, it will prove his willingness to make the fight. By taking these steps, he’d be applying the pressure to Mayweather now, and removing all excuses.
He’d have met Money’s demands and removed all tangible impediments.
Floyd would have no other choice but to comply, and fans would finally have their super-fight.
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