There are a lot of obstacles that are preventing a dream match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. from taking place. On any given day, Mayweather himself offers each of those obstacles with glee to whichever reporter is willing to listen.
Everything from Pacquiao agreeing to stringent performance-enhancing drug (PED) testing, to Mayweather giving up more money, to Pacquiao giving up more money, to Bob Arum not being a part of this deal has been the subject of contention at one time or another. It’s gotten to the point where even the parties involved probably don’t know what’s true and what isn’t anymore.
The latest roadblock appeared to be everyone’s inability to come to an agreement regarding purse split. Mayweather, because he traditionally makes more than his Filipino counterpart, wants to be able to retain all the pay-per-view (PPV) money for himself and only give Pacquiao a lump sum payment of $40 million. For obvious reasons, that didn’t sit well with Pacquiao. He wants a fair, equitable 50-50 split.
Now, as we always do, let’s use this opportunity to remind the folks at home that Pacquiao once pledged to give up the “lion’s share” of a purse if it meant putting this Mayweather fight together. This was back when he was being really agreeable about this whole situation. What exactly “lion’s share” means is debatable, obviously, but it’s most definitely not a 50-50 split. That doesn’t mean Pacquiao doesn’t deserve 50-50 – it just means he said he wouldn’t demand it.
During a recent exchange with the good folks at Boxing Scene, Pacquiao was asked about the prospect of him and Mayweather throwing down at some point before we all die. Per the report:
"I always want to fight him. Whatever he wants to do as long as it's 50/50 with the pay-per-view," Pacquiao said.
So there you have it. No – Pacquiao is not willing to accept less money to fight Mayweather.