DIAZ  DEMANDS  7  FIGURE  PURSE  TO  FACE  PACQUIAO

MANILA, OCTOBER 16, 2007
(STAR) By Abac Cordero - David Diaz, the WBC lightweight champion who is being considered as Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent, said a title fight with the Filipino champion will only take place if the price is right.

“To fight Pacquiao, I would demand a seven-figure purse,” the 31-year-old champion in the crowded, star-studded 135 lb division told Michael Marley of boxingconfidential.com.

It’s a purse the three-time Golden Gloves champion has never received. But he said it’s a purse he deserves if and when he stakes his title against the 28-year-old Filipino.

Pacquiao beat Marco Antonio Barrera in Las Vegas last Oct. 6 and is having second thoughts on whether he’d remain as a super-featherweight (130 lbs) or move up to the next class.

Pacquiao said he wants Diaz, who fought 175 fights as an amateur, seeing action in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, before turning pro and amassing a 33-1-1 (17 KOs) record.

Both Pacquiao and Diaz are under Top Rank, and staging a big fight shouldn’t be a problem.

Others lining up for a shot at Pacquiao are Golden Boy regulars and super-featherweight stars Juan Manuel Marquez, Joan Guzman and Edwin Valero. Juan Diaz, the WBA-WBO-IBF lightweight king, is also in the line of fire.

But it seems that Diaz, the Olympian, is the wise fight – if ever they agree on the prize.

“The number is going to have to be in the seven figures for sure. Let them bring the money to the table and it’s on,” he said of his purse.

Diaz said Pacquiao could make a good lightweight, too.

“I think he may lose a little punching power in moving up. I heard he’s having problems making 130 now. I don’t see a real big difference for him though.

“Manny, he is who he is in the ring. He is a good volume puncher who is always swinging and trying to locate his punches where they can do some damage. He’s always trying to find that right spot,” he said.

Diaz, however, said he has gotten no word from Bob Arum of Top Rank regarding a possible fight with Pacquiao.

“I haven’t had a call on that. After my victory over Morales, I am looking to get paid, really get paid,” he said.  


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