Mayweather Sr. wants Floyd Jr. to fight Pacquiao
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Sr. thinks his son Floyd Jr. will end up fighting Amir Khan next rather than WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia. Floyd Sr. sees both Garcia and Khan as being no match for Floyd Jr., and he’s not really excited at all about him fighting these guys.
The one fighter that Mayweather Sr. is excited about Floyd Jr. fighting is Manny Pacquiao. That’s the fight that Mayweather Sr. wants, because he sees it as a big money bout and opportunity for his son to whip Pacquiao badly.
Floyd Sr. told On the Ropes Boxing Radio “If Floyd makes sure that he’s [Pacquiao] clean, checking him from head to toe..He’s the last man standing. I think he [Floyd] would give Pacquiao a very good whipping. He’s got to take every test…If anything looks strange with Floyd getting whupped by Pacquiao, we going to have to stop that fight right there and see what the hell is going on with Pacquiao. Something won’t be right, believe that.”
It might not be easy trying to put together a fight with Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum. That’s going to be the whole problem.
Pacquiao will likely agree with the random blood testing all through training camp for the fight, but when it comes to negotiating the split if the revenue, Pacquiao and Arum might want too much to make the fight worthwhile.
Depending on how Pacquiao does in his next fight against Brandon Rios on November 23rd, it could be a big money PPV event between Pacquiao and Mayweather, even now. But Mayweather won’t make the really huge money that he made for the Saul “Canelo” fight if he has to give Pacquiao a 50-50 or even a 40% cut of the revenue.
Mayweather would get a huge payday, but I don’t think it would be enough to make it worthwhile for him to take the fight. If Pacquiao would accept a 70-30 split or maybe a 75-25 split, I think the fight could be made quickly, possibly even by next May. But there’s no way Arum would agree to having Pacquaio get only 25-30 percent of the loot for this fight.
Arum is going Pacquiao to get 50% or very close to that. By asking for all that cash, it’s going to keep Mayweather from wanting to take it.
Pacquiao had 2 opportunities to face Mayweather in the past when they tried to put a fight together in 2010, and then last year. But on both occasions, it fell apart during the negotiations stages.
The last time Mayweather offered Pacquiao $40 million to take the fight, but he wanted a 50-50 deal. Pacquiao ended up making considerably less than that for his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last year in December.
Pacquiao is also not going to be making $40 million for his fight against Brandon Rios on November 23rd.
From Pacquiao’s stand point, I can see why he’d say no to that kind of a payday, because Mayweather would be making so much more than him in the fight. But Mayweather Jr. is the guy that’s undefeated, not Pacquiao, and it’s not as if he has the opportunity to make that kind of money fighting Arum’s Top Rank stable fighters Rios, Tim Bradley, and Mike Alvarado.