What’s truly amazing about this boxing soap opera that we recognize as the rivalry between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Maywearther Jr. isn’t that they haven’t agreed to fight yet. No, that’s the second most amazing thing about it. The most amazing thing, though, is that neither man is prepared to let go of the prospect of this fight happening.
That’s really what’s most fascinating about this whole mess. If both men simply wanted to avoid each because of fear, hurt feelings or anything else – they could just do that. But that’s not the case. These two don’t want to avoid one another. That’s why they take every opportunity available to namedrop each other and, of course, to leave the door open about the bout possibly taking place at some point.
They love all the talk and speculation.
When we last checked in with this dysfunctional couple, Mayweather had extended the most unreasonable offer in the history of boxing to his Filipino counterpart ($40 million with no cut of pay-per-view dough). Pacquiao, predictably -- after explicitly stating that he would be willing to take less money if it meant that Mayweather would agree to fight him -- rejected the offer, and said that he would take nothing less than a 50-50 split.
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So presumably, there was nothing left to talk about. Until one or both are ready to make some compromises, there is really no reason for either guy to mention the other’s name. Right?
During a recent interview with RingTV, Mayweather was asked about where things stood with Pacquiao. As you would expect, he didn’t opt for a “no comment.”
“I’m not budging. $40 million what you are getting. Either you take or you leave it. Like I’ve said before, Manny Pacquiao needs Floyd Mayweather. Floyd Mayweather don’t need Manny Pacquiao.”
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For those keeping track at home: Pacquiao’s last bout against Juan Manuel Marquez did something in the 1.4 million PPV buys range. Mayweather’s last bout against Victor Ortiz did 1.25 million.
Apparently that doesn’t entitle Pacquiao a 50-50 split, though.
Get excited about those Mayweather versus Miguel Cotto and Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley fights, ladies and gentleman. That’s all you’re getting.