Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Why Beating Bradley Won't Lead to Bout with Money

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIJune 8, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21:  Manny Pacquiao (L) and Timothy Bradley pose fpr photographers at a press conference announcing their upcoming World Boxing Organization welterweight championship fight at The Beverly Hills Hotel on February 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have been talking about fighting each other for years now. No matter what happens when Pacquiao faces Timothy Bradley on June 9, a matchup with Mayweather won't be any closer to actually happening. 

The obstacles in the way of a superfight between Pacquiao and Mayweather currently appear too great to be bridged. While Mayweather has consistently claimed that he won't fight the Filipino southpaw until he agrees to unlimited random drug testing, that shouldn't be an issue any longer because Pacquiao has already agreed to such testing.

The real issue stopping what would undoubtedly be the biggest fight in boxing history is, of course, money. 

When two top fighters face each other, an even split of the profits is customary. However, Mayweather has refused to grant Pacquiao a 50-50 split of the take from the fight. He claims that Pacquiao should be happy with $30 million and no money on the back end simply because he'll be fighting "Money May." 

Whether you love or hate Mayweather, you have to admit he's being unreasonable in that demand. He may have done great pay-per-view numbers over the years, but Pacquiao is just as popular, especially in international markets. 

Mayweather's position on the money will continue to stand in the way of that fight ever happening. Unless he changes that stance and agrees to a 50-50 split, there is no way Top Rank's Bob Arum will agree to a deal.

When Pacquiao steps into the ring on June 9 he will be facing a stern test in the undefeated Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs). But if he wins, he'll face an even bigger battle just trying to get Mayweather into a ring.