The world would probably be a better place if we stopped talking about a potential Dream Match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. The fight may happen. The fight may not happen. But everyone breathlessly awaiting updates on it only makes the parties involved more confident that they can postpone the bout indefinitely with no real ramifications.
Of course, despite the fact that we know we should probably stop paying so much attention to this potential match – we won’t. It’s too intriguing. The storylines surrounding it are too salacious. The prospect is too grand.
For better or worse, this super fight will be discussed right up until the day both men retire. (If only one retires, we’ll expect a comeback.)
Pacquiao is currently doing promotional work for his upcoming showdown against Juan Manuel Marquez. In an effort to hype up his big Dec. 8 bout, he has frequently engaged reporters on the idea of fighting his arch rival at some point in the foreseeable future. (It's a popular tactic, Floyd did it at one point as well.)
Most recently, he opened up about the prospect of fighting Mayweather in an interview with Boxing Scene. Here is a key quote from that: "I already announced everything that they wanted. I'm just waiting for the answer [from Mayweather]. It's up to him.”
Okay, let’s pause right there. Pacquiao is entirely correct, he did announce everything Mayweather wanted. He gave in on purse split, drug testing, etc. The problem is, he announced it on his terms. Sure, he is giving Mayweather the majority of the purse – but it’s not the amount that Mayweather was requesting. Not even close.
Now, was Mayweather’s initial demand fair? No. Should he have to compromise? Obviously. But Pacquiao is making it seem like he gave Mayweather everything he wanted and he’s still not getting a response. That’s not accurate. He gave Mayweather a reasonable portion of what he wanted, not everything.
Later in the same conversation with Boxing Scene, Pacquiao said this: "That's a big fight that the fans are waiting for and you guys [too]. They are really waiting to see that fight, and that's why I said that I'm okay with 55-45 just to make the fight happen...whatever he wants....drug testing....the rules and regulations...whatever he wants...no problem."
Well, if it was no problem, then this fight would have been made already. If Pacquiao was truly willing to give Maywearther whatever he wants, then he would sacrifice more of the purse than what he is currently sacrificing. Note: I’m not saying he should do that – I’m just saying that you can’t say you’re giving the other guy everything when you’re only giving him a solid amount.
At the end of the day, this is a perfect example of why we have made so little progress over the last few years. Pacquiao and Mayweather talk at each other, not to each other.