PACQUIAO: FLOYD SHOULD MAKE UP HIS MIND / ROACH: FLOYD SCARED TO LOSE

MANILA, JANUARY 31, 2012 (ABS-CBN) ABS-CBNnews.com - Manny Pacquiao said Floyd Mayweather Jr. would have to make up his mind soon if he really wants their superfight to push through.

The 8-division champion from the Philippines claimed that Mayweather is taking too long to decide on whether he will agree to an equal sharing of revenues.

“Kaya hindi matuloy tuloy kasi minsan agree na siya sa 50-50 tapos ayaw na naman niya, iba na naman kundisyon niya (The fight couldn’t push through because at one time he agreed on a 50-50 split only to change his mind),” said Pacquiao in an interview with ABS-CBN correspondent Jay Dayupay.

Mayweather recently urged Pacquiao to take the superfight in exchange for a $40-million guaranteed prize.

The Filipino, however, made a counteroffer by suggesting a 50-50 purse split.

‘No fight in May’ Boxing promoter Bob Arum, for his part, said he has practically given up on arranging a May fight for Pacquiao and Mayweather.

"Let's forget the May date," he said in Ronnie Nathanielsz's report on Boxing Scene.

"What we are trying to accomplish, assuming Mayweather is going to fight in May and Manny is going to fight in June, is that we are pressing to see if we can get a contract signed between the two fighters for November," Arum added.

Arum said if both Pacquiao and Mayweather agree to hold the megafight on November, "that way the people will be assured that the fight is going to happen."

"There won't be any of this nonsense, which we can put behind us so we can do a huge, huge promotion," he added.

Roach: Mayweather is scared to lose ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 01/25/2012 4:56 PM | Updated as of 01/25/2012 11:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach said Floyd Mayweather Jr. is avoiding Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao out of fear of losing his undefeated record.

“He doesn’t want to fight us,” Roach said of Mayweather in a Boxing Scene interview. “He’s been running for two years now. What’s new?”

Negotiations for a Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight collapsed anew when the undefeated American boxer refused to accept a 50-50 split.

Although Pacquiao’s manager, Michael Koncz, said he has not closed the door on a potential Mayweather fight, Roach doubts that the mega-fight will happen this year.

“No way. He’s scared. He doesn’t want to take a chance,” Roach said. “He wants that zero so bad on his record, so he can say he’s better than Sugar Ray Robinson and all these great fighters because he’s never lost.”

Roach said Mayweather was mistaken in his thinking.

“Losing makes you a better fighter. He’s not better than those fighters and he never will be,” he said.

The trainer added that Pacquiao has other options if Mayweather still refuses a 50-50 split.

“We’ve got Lamont Peterson, Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Marquez all on the table right now, and Bob Arum is going to make a deal with one of those four,” Roach said.

Texters cap comeback to win back to back By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) Updated January 30, 2012

Romel Adducul and Sean Anthony of Powerade close in on Ali Peek of Talk N Text as he tries to gain ball 
possession in last night’s Game 5 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. JUN MENDOZA 

MANILA, Philippines - Talk n Text ended Powerade’s Cinderalla ride and completed its own incredible comeback tale as the Tropang Texters repulsed the Tigers, 110-101, for the PBA Philippine Cup championship at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.

Their six-game romp stopped Friday, the Tropang Texters returned with a gritty resolve, opening a commanding double-digit spread right in the first quarter and hardly relaxing to eventually finish off the Tigers.


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