(STAR) ‘No less than $3M purse for Pacman’ By Abac Cordero - Rod Nazario, the former business manager of Manny Pacquiao, said the other day the Filipino superstar shouldn’t settle for anything less than $3 million for his Oct. 6 rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera in Las Vegas.

“Manny’s purse should not be lower than $3 million. At the same time, I don’t think it could go higher than $4 million,” said Nazario during a short chat with Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym in Parañaque.

Nazario owns the gym where Pacquiao trained twice earlier this week before flying to Cebu Tuesday evening. He will train there for a few weeks under Freddie Roach and Buboy Fernandez.

Nazario said Pacquiao deserves “double” than what Barrera will get for the coming fight.

“That’s what I will ask for if I were still Pacquiao’s manager. If Barrera gets $1.5 million, then Pacquiao gets $3 million. Pacquiao is the main attraction,” said Nazario who still remembers the first time the two fighters met.

“It was different then. Pacquiao was coming off a knockout win over Emmanuel Lucero, and I was being offered $300,000 to fight Barrera. I said ‘No’ to Murad Muhammad (Pacquiao’s former promoter),” said Nazario.

“Eventually we got more. I think it was around $500,000. But things have changed. For this rematch, I believe that Pacquiao should get no less than $3 million,” added Nazario, who’s like a father to the Pinoy ring sensation.

Pacquiao, who received $1.2 million, $2 million and $3 million in his three fights with Erik Morales, agrees with Nazario.

“Mga ganoon nga. Hindi siguro bababa sa tatlong milyon (Maybe around that figure - no less than three million),” said Pacquiao who stands to earn more in October through the pay-per-view shares, TV rights and merchandise.

For Barrera, who turns 34 next Jan. 17, this should be his last big fight.

“I’ll go to war. I’ll go and do the best I can to give a very good fight to the people. This is my last big fight. I want to fight more, but this is my last big fight,” said Barrera, now training in Guadalajara.

Pacquiao arrived in Cebu almost midnight after a delayed 9 p.m. flight from Manila. Yesterday, he went out for a morning run around the Alta Vista golf course, and worked out at the gym owned by Wakee Salud in the afternoon.

Roach will arrive in Manila today from Los Angeles and will take a connecting flight to Cebu. He will be accompanied to Cebu by Pacquiao’s chief of staff Jake Joson.

Pacquiao’s purse has sky-rocketed since he knocked out Lehlo Ledwaba at the MGM Grand in June 23, 2001. Then came similar KO wins over Agapito Sanchez, Jorge Eliecer Julio, Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym, Serikhzan Yeshmagambetov and Lucero.

Before facing Ledwaba as a last-minute substitute, Pacquiao fought in Kidapawan City, beating a fighter who goes by the name of Wethya Sakmuangklang.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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