Koncz: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is a possibility
By Chris Williams: Michael Koncz, the adviser for Manny Pacquiao, says a fight between Manny and Floyd Mayweather Jr. would interest them for next year if Pacquiao looks good and wins his next fight against Brandon Rios on November 23rd.
As of now, Pacquiao has lost his last two fights and he needs to get a win under his belt to keep from being considered an afterthought for a fighter like Mayweather.
Koncz said to RingTV “Floyd is always a possibility. We’ve always said that we would fight Floyd. I think that if Manny has an exciting and impressive win come November 24, then Floyd won’t have any excuse if he really wants to fight.”
It sounds promising but there are a lot of hurdles that both fighters would have to jump over before this fight could be put together starting with the purse split. There’s no real incentive for Mayweather to take the fight unless he can get the lion’s share of the cash.
There couldn’t be a 50-50 deal because that wouldn’t give Mayweather the kind of money he’d get by fighting anyone else in the welterweight division. Mayweather could pick out anyone and probably make better money than he would against Pacquiao if he was forced to split the green halfway.
Another problem with this fight is that Pacquiao wants to have his fights take place in Asia now in order to escape the high taxes from the U.S money. I really don’t think Mayweather would be excited about fighting Pacquiao in Asia. I just don’t see him agreeing to that, and if Pacquiao is really averse to paying high taxes on the money he gets from American boxing fans through PPV, then the fight won’t happen.
The last major problem is trying to work out which network the fight would take place on. Mayweather has no options but to fight on Showtime/CBS because of his six-fight contract with them, and he’s not going to get out of that. Pacquiao fights on HBO, and I can’t see them letting him fight on Showtime.