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Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: Will purse splits be an issue in the resumption of talks?

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by Leo Reyes

Negotiations for the long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are expected to resume after the holidays.

Judging from recent statements made by Mayweather’s close advisers, it seems the unbeaten champion and his team are all set to have Manny Pacquiao on their menu.

Two of Mayweather’s closest advisers said they have already made reservations for a Mayweather

May 5 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Although they have not named Pacquiao categorically as his next opponent, it was understood Mayweather wants a Pacquiao fight this time — after more than two years of failed negotiations.

Oscar de la Hoya, who is representing Mayweather along with Richard Schaefer, said Golden Boy wants the fight and so does Mayweather.

De la Hoya is optimistic the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight could indeed take place on May 5 if both camps agree.

“We want the fight. Golden Boy wants the fight. I know for a fact that Pacquiao wants the fight,” De la Hoya said in response to media queries.

Mayweather is blaming Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum for failing to negotiate the fight everyone in the world wants to see.

“The one that does not want the fight is Bob Arum. He is the one that doesn’t want the fight — for what reason — I don’t have an idea,” de la Hoya said

Mayweather’s uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather said in a recent interview on radio station, On the Ropes Boxing Radio: “Any other fight don’t make sense. The only fight that makes sense is Floyd and Pacquiao”

Judging from what Mayweather and his closest advisers are saying, it appears they’re all ready to make the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight.

But another major issue is shaping up which has something to do with fight purse splits

It appears Pacquiao won’t go down on anything lower than 50% of the purse. Mayweather insist he deserves a bigger share of the pie, citing his unblemished career record. He also brags about his ability to generate more pay-per-view (PPV) buys that anyone else in boxing. There were reports earlier that he wants as high as 60% of the purse.

On the other hand, the guys at Team Pacquiao are saying the Filipino boxing star is the better draw— being the current pound for pound king aside from having won in at least 15 consecutive outings. Also, his PPV record with Marquez seems to have surpassed Mayweather’s 1.25 million buys for his recent fight with Ortiz.

The fight purse issue is slowly becoming a major obstacle in a renewed fight negotiations which will happen after the holidays.

Still, a lot of other issues will have to be dealt with, including the catch weight if there is going to be one, the billing (whose name will come up first), rematch clause and the penalties for going over the agreed weight, among other things.


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