Pacquiao should accept a 40% cut for Mayweather bout before it gets any lower
By Chris Williams: It’s sad how some fighters sabotage their chances for big paydays by not accepting fair offers when given to them. I’d have to say that Manny Pacquiao is one of those fighters. Twice he could have have gotten a huge payday in fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr., and twice he came up with nothing.
The days of Pacquiao getting a 50-50 deal with Mayweather Jr. are long gone now that Pacquiao has lost to Tim Bradley, and is starting to show signs of aging.
In the past, Mayweather has offered the Filipino fighter a 50-50 deal, but the fight couldn’t be made when Pacquiao wouldn’t accept the random blood cut off point that Mayweather was asking for in the last two weeks of their failed negotiations in 2010. As people already know, Bob Arum turned around and matched Pacquiao against one of his stable fighters Joshua Clottey in a boring fight that brought in only 660,000 pay-per-view buys. That’s probably one-fourth the amount of buys that a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight would have hauled in. Okay, that’s one mess up on Pacquiao’s part.
Recently Mayweather was offering Pacquiao a fair offer of $40 million to fight him. So what happens? Pacquiao refuses the big cash and insists on getting a 50-50 deal, which Mayweather felt he didn’t deserve. Arum then matched Pacquiao against one of his other Top Rank stable fighters, Tim Bradley in a fight that Pacquiao promptly lost. The fight didn’t do well on PPV compared to some of his last few fights, and the defeat made it even worse.
So with all this going on, Pacquiao needs to come back to reality and accept the more than generous offer of $40 million or a 40 percent cut with Mayweather. Believe me, this is the smart thing to do for Pacquiao because that money won’t be there if Pacquiao gets beaten by Bradley in a rematch or gets beaten by Juan Manuel Marquez in a rematch.