A potential fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather has been all but completely dismissed by boxing fans. After years of failing to put this bout together, and given both men’s stubbornness, the wariness is understandable.
That being said, there is a reason why this thing is still being discussed. It’s still something people way to see. It’s still something that could shatter PPV records. And, perhaps most importantly, it’s still totally realistic.
Anyone who doubts that last point and wants confirmation before buying into the hype again needs to look no further than comments made by Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, recently. During an interview with the good folks at Ring, Koncz made it explicitly clear that, not only was the prospect of Mayweather-Pacquiao still on the table, they’d welcome it so long as they get a win in their next match.
"Right now, Manny's focused on Brandon Rios, but Floyd is always a possibility. We've always said that we would fight Floyd," said Koncz.
Still, Koncz understands that it’s going to be something of an uphill battle if he wants his guy to secure a shot at the undefeated champ.
"I think that Manny will have to have an impressive win in light of comments that Floyd has made about Manny losing his last two fights, and I think that if Manny has an exciting and impressive win come Nov. 24, then Floyd won't have any excuse if he really wants to fight," he added.
Famously, after performance-enhancing drug (PED) testing ceased to be a concern, purse split became the main issue why Mayweather-Pacquiao failed to materialize. Would history repeat itself if talks started up again?
"Manny came out and said that he would agree to the testing, and that he would give Floyd a 60-40 split," said Koncz. "Manny's not tied to to any network, so if the fans still want to see this fight, we're willing to do it."
The fact that Pacquiao is willing to fight on Showtime is good; the fact that his advisor is discussing a 60-40 split isn’t. That division of funds was mulled and rejected when these two were still at the top of their game. These days Pacquiao has been relegated to fighting overseas. If Mayweather wasn’t willing to do 60-40 back in the day, he certainly won’t be interested in doing it now.
All that being said, it’s great that Koncz came out and confirmed what some have been saying all along: this fight will cease to be a possibility when, and only when, both men retire.