Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. know that the general public desperately wants to see them fight. And because they know that the general public desperately wants to see them fight, they consistently come up with excuses as to why the other guy is the major roadblock in putting the Dream Match together.
It’s basically just one big, annoying game of hot potato whenever either one gets questioned on the topic. And, of course, because neither wants to accept responsibility for anything, there is really no chance of this matter getting resolved at any point in the foreseeable future.
You’ll recall that at one point in time, early in negotiations, the main sticking point was performance-enhancing drug (PED) testing. Mayweather wanted Pacquiao to submit himself to very stringent, Olympics-style testing; the Filipino champion refused to do any more testing than what was normally demanded of fighters. Eventually that issue supposedly got worked out when Pacquiao agreed to take the tests that Mayweather wanted him to take but, even still, as recently as a few months ago, Mayweather insinuated that Pacquiao in fact hadn’t agreed to the necessary testing.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao had his own demands for Mayweather. While he didn’t care about PED testing or any of that junk, he wanted a fair, equitable purse split. He believed that he deserved 50-50 or something close to it. Well, Mayweather disagreed with that notion and refused to give his arch rival any pay-per-view (PPV) dough in the event of a Dream Match.
So, to recap: Mayweather won’t fight Pacquiao because Pacquiao isn’t agreeing to the necessary drug testing requirements, and Pacquiao won’t fight Mayweather because Mayweather won’t give him a fair purse split. Or at least that’s what we, the suckers who pay to keep these guys in Bentleys and Ferraris, have been told.
Recently, Pacquiao participated in a Q&A session in preparation for his upcoming bout versus Timothy Bradley. Predictably, one of the questions asked was in regards to what’s holding up a fight between him and Mayweather. As noted by the good folks at Boxing Scene:
"The only thing preventing a fight between Floyd Mayweather and me is Floyd Mayweather. He no longer wants to split the pay-per-view revenue with me equally, something he agreed to in our first negotiation. Will the fight ever happen? It's up to Floyd. I hope it does. I'm a competitor and I enjoy a challenge. I know the fans want to see us fight. I think it would be good for boxing. As long as I continue fighting I will remain hopeful that the fight will take place."
And the endless game of hot potato continues.