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Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Should Agree on 50-50 Purse Split

LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his corner against Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 19, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. defeated Marquez by unanimous decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Carlo Miguel NarbonetaContributor INovember 24, 2009

If reports are true that a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will be worth $150 million, then why should the percentages of sharing an issue?

Is this too much greed on the part of the fighters, handlers, and hangers?  I need some time to suck it in.

For superstar fighters, it’s some kind of "ego-istic" that they wanted the bigger share.

It seemed like they have taken the first round of the fight if they get the percentage that they wanted.

They think that they’re the one who are more popular, more superior, fighter of the masses, generates more money, and economically important.

Understanding the situation is simple, actually.

The fighters are missing the point that the larger piece of the pie really doesn’t matter if they can have half of the pie factory for each of them.

It would be bigger than the normal that they usually have.

If the budget is around $30 million, then it’s understandable that each man wants to jockey for position to earn more profit. Who doesn’t want to be settled for the rest of their lives, but $150 million? Come on! That’s plenty of money for even two lifetimes.

Having a 50-50 split on $150 million is way better than having a 60-40 split on $30 million.

Agreeing to fight on equal terms will be the biggest purse for both fighters, and the biggest one in the history of the sport of boxing.

Perhaps the biggest amount that an athlete can be paid for in a day at a major sporting event.

Imagine, $75 million for each fighter? But there’s more…

There’s no doubt that the fight would be a pay-per-view hit.

Assuming, there’ll be three million subscribers at $55 per pop. That’s a whopping $165 million!

That’s $82.5 million for HBO, $41.25 million for the promoters, and an additional $20.6 million more on both fighter's gross.

They could make an incredible $95.6 million! Would you believe that?! No one's gotten paid for a single day with that amount.

When negotiations start for the fight there will be a lot of trash talking from the Mayweather posse and from Pacquiao’s camp, but they have to keep in mind that machismo is inside the ring and not on the negotiating table.

Quit thinking that the superior fighter gets the lion’s share if both fighters can buy their own jungles.

Never mind previous pay-per-view buys in the US, if the whole world will actually watch them.

All the fans want is for this mega event to happen next year while both fighters are still at their peaks.

Strike whilst the iron is hot.

Stating these assumed, or should I say fantastical figures, is like selling something on Home Shopping Network. It gets bigger and bigger! It never ends…

I just hope the ending would be Pacquiao-Mayweather in 2010.

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