Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez seem to having problems doing simple math. Last December, the pair is reported to have taken home anywhere from $26 to $29 million combined. Of that total, Pacquiao got something in the $20 to $23 million range, and Marquez got about $6 million. Seeing as the latter fighter actually won the bout, understandably, he is looking to get a little more for a fifth showdown against Pacquiao.
According to Mexican newspaper Esto, Marquez is demanding $20 million to fight Pacquiao again. If you operate under the assumption that the total amount both fighters will get on this go-round will be the same as last year, that means Pacquiao would be left with anywhere from $6 to 9 million. Suddenly this extended delay as far as announcing the fifth fight makes a lot more sense, right?
Look, there is no way Pacquiao will accept less than $15 million for any match, much less one against a guy whose career he revived just a few months ago. He gave Marquez chance after chance to avenge his defeats, and yet Marquez refuses to do the same unless he gets an exorbitant amount of money? The 39-year-old future Hall of Famer deserves more than he got last time. There is no debating that. The question is simply: how much more?
The easiest solution here would be a 50-50 split. Pacquiao could take $13 to $14.5 million, Marquez could take $13 to $14.5 million, and everyone can walk away happy, right? Not exactly. Just last week, while speaking to reporters, Freddie Roach made it clear that his guy wasn’t willing to part ways with 50 percent of the dough.
"My gut instinct on what is next? I want it to be Marquez, Manny wants Marquez, but Marquez wants a lot, lot, lot of money," Roach told The Sweet Science. "I think it's a little outrageous. It may not happen. We might have to go to Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios or a Tim Bradley rematch could be made. I want Marquez right away, Manny and I both want it. But Marquez wants just about a 50-50 split. Manny brings butts in seats, pay-per-view-wise, Manny is the guy. Obviously Manny deserves more. I think a rematch will make a lot more money than the last fight. I think both sides can ask for more and Marquez deserves something, but not 50-50."
Marquez clearly disagrees.
At the end of the day, Pacquiao and Marquez are still unlikely to net anywhere near the same amount fighting other opponents as they will fighting each other. Both guys get a share of sales, and sales will be noticeably higher in the event of Pacquiao-Marquez V than Pacquiao-Bradley II or whatever the alternative will be.
Then again, with this group, who really knows. The math speaks for itself, but sometimes common sense isn’t all that common.