The biggest reason why a super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. never came together is because these two always insisted on speaking at each other instead of to each other.
One guy would ramble on about performance-enhancing drugs without noticing that the other had already agreed to his demands; the other would whine about how money should be split, completely ignoring what his foe’s purse requests were. And so on and so forth – for three years. Aside from ego, pride and stubbornness, an inability to hear anything besides the sounds of their own voices is why Pacquiao and Mayweather never fought.
Fortunately, they don’t seem to having that problem anymore.
Ever since Pacquiao lost to Juan Manuel Marquez this past December, he and Mayweather have been on one wave length. Pacquiao said he was interested in fighting Mayweather, Mayweather replied that Pacquiao wasn’t in his league. Pacquiao heard Mayweather say they weren’t in the same league, and demanded that they fight to test that theory out. Mayweather heard the demand, and presented his conditions for any possible super fight.
Now, the ball is in Pacquiao’s court; and since we know that these two are speaking directly at each other these days, there’s no excuse for Pacquiao not to respond to Mayweather’s most recent comments.
“The only way he's getting the fight with me is if he signs with Mayweather Promotions,” Mayweather told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. “He's got to give me fights with Mayweather Promotions. If he don't give me no fights under Mayweather Promotions, then he's not getting the fight. That's how it is working now, because the ball is in my court. The ball has been in my court. I have been the A side.”
While that seems like an outlandish request, it sort of isn’t. What difference does it make to Pacquiao whose umbrella he fights under? Michael Koncz has already come out and publicly stated that his guy has no allegiance to HBO, despite Bob Arum’s newfound love for the company over the past year. The same could apply to Top Rank.
Sure, there is a contract in place that obligates Pacquiao to fight under the banner through 2014, but surely the businessmen involved could work out a financial plan that everyone would find suitable.
In all seriousness, would Arum let Pacquiao out of his contract – even if Mayweather was willing to buy the remainder of it? Probably not. Will Pacquiao sign with Mayweather after his contract expires? Given the limited window of fighting Pacquiao is facing, probably not. But if Paacquiao were just a little bit younger, would the idea of him singing with Mayweather be totally realistic? Absolutely.