Remember when Manny Pacquiao said he didn’t need a 50-50 split to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr.? I sure didn’t. After all, with the constant PR spinning and endless flow of untruths coming from the top two pound-for-pound boxers in the world on a regular basis – how can anyone keep track of all the BS?
Fortunately for us, our Opposing Views readers are around to pick up the slack.
This morning we published an article in which we essentially laid all of the blame for Pacquiao vs. Mayweather not coming together this latest time around at the latter fighter’s doorstep. We cited Mayweather's inflexibility as it applies to a purse split as the main reason why he’s culpable, and we justified our stance by noting that Pacquiao is just as big a name in boxing as Mayweather is.
What we happened to forget right up until a savvy commenter reminded us was that Pacquiao, back in December, offered a pretty huge sacrifice. Right around that time, supposedly in an effort to legitimately put together the only fight fans have wanted to see for two years now, Pacquiao said he was willing to give his undefeated arch rival the lion’s share of the purse.
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Here’s a little refresher of what we wrote on December 18, 2011:
While speaking to reporters from his home in General Santos City, Pacquiao made it clear that fighting the undefeated Mayweather was in fact important to him. That, regardless of whether or not Mayweather really wants to fight him, he’d make sure that his American rival would be left with no excuses this time around.
As per Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin:
Pacquiao is willing to take the smaller piece of the pie as long as the dream fight takes place.
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“Walang problema kahit pa mas maliit ang premyo ko,” said Pacquiao, who turned 33 on Saturday. “Ang importante ay matuloy lang ang laban.”
Pacquiao’s pronouncement that he is giving Mayweather the lion’s share of the pot only puts credence that he is moving heaven and earth to make it happen.
The subject of random blood testing is apparently a non-issue now since Arum had mentioned many times in the past month or so that Pacquiao has agreed to Mayweather’s demands
This latest gesture by the Filipino champion is absolutely huge. It goes a long ways in proving that he isn’t concerned with wasting his time on inconsequential, meaningless bouts that won’t do anything for his legacy anymore. Rather, Pacquiao’s sole focus has been shifted to giving the public what they’ve longed for since 2009 – a match between the two biggest and brightest stars the sport has to offer.
Pacquiao has officially done his part.
Maybe we have been a little hard on Mayweather.
Pacquiao clearly promised to give Mayweather a bigger share of the purse for the sake of making this fight happen. The undefeated Mayweather is now simply collecting on that promise. Good for him.
Look, there is no denying that Pacquiao and Mayweather should split everything down the middle for this fight. They’re the two top figures in boxing, they bring equal name recognition, and both have some very loyal fan bases. But despite all that, Pacquiao clearly promised to give Mayweather a bigger share.
So why is Mayweather demanding what Pacquiao promised him back in December a big deal all of a sudden?