PACQUIAO WILLING TO GIVE MAYWEATHER MAJORITY SPLIT AFTER MARQUEZ
MANILA, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 (PHILSTAR) Should Manny Pacquiao beat Juan Manuel Marquez when the two face off in December for the fourth time, the Filipino congressman is already looking towards Floyd Mayweather, and this time, he's going to give the boxer known as "Money," what he wants.
Pacquiao appeared on ESPN2's First Take and when asked why he and Mayweather have yet to face off against each other, said, "I'm waiting for that fight to happen. I'm eager to do that fight....I don't know what's the reason why that fight has not happened.
"It's okay for me if he gets the higher percentage than me....I told him [Mayweather] that I agree with 45 [percent] and 55 [percent].
The split of pay-per-view revenue has long been a sticking point for the Mayweather camp. Last January, Mayweather called Pacquiao and offered him a flat $40 million dollars to fight him, which the Filipino fighter turned down.
Pacquiao's side countered with a 50-50 split, which Mayweather declined, saying, "How my deal is structured at this particular time in the sport of boxing, I keep 100 percent of the revenue. So why would I even give a guy 50-50 if I'm out there?"
Since then, Pacquiao's camp has gotten more creative, first offering a 55-45 split in favor of the winner, and even a 70-30 split with the victor getting the lion's share. Both were rejected by Mayweather and his team.
Pacquiao's declaration that he would be willing to give 55 percent to Mayweather, regardless of whether he wins or loses, could be a major turning point in getting one of the most anticipated fights to finally happen.
Another old problem, Olympic-style drug testing, something Pacquiao was vehemently against in the past, was similarly shrugged off, with him saying, "Whatever he wants...no problem. Even the night of the fight, no problem."
When asked if he thought Mayweather was afraid of him, Pacquiao couldn't help but giggle, before replying, "I think it's kind of that."
In the past, Mayweather has said that Pacquiao's promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum was the biggest hurdle to the two boxers finally duking it out, saying after he defeated Miguel Cotto last May, "He’s [Arum's] stopping the fans from getting what they want." - AMD, GMA News
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