Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: Pac-Man Willing to Give Money 55-45 Split
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It appears that a fight between boxing's two best pound-for-pound fighters could finally be coming closer to reality. And if not, you'll know who to blame.
Citing two separate interviews on ESPN shows, Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole is now reporting that Manny Pacquiao would be willing to give Floyd Mayweather Jr. a 55-45 percent split of the purse for the superfight.
This is a major step forward, as one of the principle roadblocks to the fight had been Pacquiao's insistence that each fighter receive an equal share of the purse. Mayweather Jr. had been adamant about receiving a bigger payday, feeling himself to be the bigger draw for the fight.
On ESPN's afternoon sports talk show First Take, with hosts Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless, Pacquiao said he had told Mayweather last year he was willing to take a smaller cut.
"I spoke to Floyd, I don't remember, last year, I think, and he offered me an amount. He didn't talk about the pay-per-views here and that's it. I can't agree with that. I told him I agree with 55 and 45," Pacquiao told Smith and Bayless (via USA Today).
In the past, Pacquiao has been reluctant to agree to these requirements, and the two are now in court over Mayweather's insinuations that Pacquiao was using performance-enhancing drugs.
Mayweather has repeatedly demanded that Pacquiao submit to Olympic-style drug testing before agreeing to the fight, something Manny had been reluctant to do.
Pacquiao has recently backed off on that issue as well and is apparently willing to comply with the tough testing regimen and would even accept testing on the night of the fight.
If Manny is willing to take less money and agree to drug testing, whose fault is it if the fight doesn't happen?
This is a significant development in the saga between these two fighters and places virtually all the pressure on Floyd "Money" Mayweather to make the fight happen.
That could, however, be complicated by Mayweather's latest legal troubles, which apparently include a verbal altercation with the mother of one of his children at her Las Vegas home earlier this week.
Pacquiao also has some trouble of his own, but not of the legal variety. He must first get by Juan Manuel Marquez in December, a task that he has struggled with in three previous meetings.
With both fighters' camps and fans constantly bickering over whose fault it is that the fight has not yet happened, that issue now appears settled. Pacquiao has bent first. And now it's up to Mayweather to get it done.
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