Pacquiao versus Mayweather could still happen
Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is currently in the Phillipines trying to sort out a potential super fight that the world has been waiting to see for several years.
Arum this week told Sports Illustrated he will guarantee Pacman’s half of the agreed purse (yet to be determined but rumoured to be 100 million) if Mayweather signs for a 50-50 split. This comes after Pretty Boy ‘called out’ Pacman via Twitter last weekend.
Arum is said to want the framework for the fight in place by this Saturday, with a view to it taking place in late May. ‘The fight can be put together in ten minutes once the terms are agreed to’ the Top Rank Founder has said.
If Mayweather doesn’t agree to this does it mean he’s avoiding Pacman? Although undefeated, its common knowledge Floyd doesn’t like fighting southpaws.
Our mail from the Mayweather camp is Floyd and his handlers are genuinely concerned about ‘the little fella’ as they refer to Pacquiao. The angles, speed and guile of Pacquiao along with the southpaw factor are the reasons why.
Should the fight go ahead, Pacman is going to have to lift several levels following two disappointing fights in 2011, those being the ‘loveathon’ with Shane Mosely which didn’t get going until the 9th when Mosely pushed the Fillipino over, and the controversial decision over Marquez in November.
With the current popularity of UFC around the world, and the heavyweights not being the drawcard they once were, boxing needs a fight like this to happen.
It is known the amount of money that floods into the Las Vegas economy whenever either of these two boxers are fighting is incredible. For Mayweather to have his jail term suspended until after his next fight is testament to that.
The build up to a big fight usually starts the Tuesday before with former champions arriving, signing sessions and photo shots happening. When the weigh in happens on the Friday, Vegas is booming in anticipation. Pacman has had between 8 and 9 thousand attend his last two weigh ins, such is the popularity of this fighter.
Mayweather needs to lower his ego somewhat (reports are he expects 60% of the purse), accept the 50-50 and put his unbeaten record on the line.