Pacquiao: I asked for a 50-50 deal with Mayweather and said I would agree to the blood testing but he wouldn’t do it
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is still talking about his failed negotiations for a mega fight against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., complaining to Yahoo Sports that Mayweather didn’t want to accept his offer of a 50-50 deal plus the pay-per-view money.
Mayweather offered Pacquiao a hefty $40 million to make the fight, which way above any payday that the congressman Pacquiao has ever got and probably will ever hope to get during his boxing career. But instead of seeing the logic in taking the offer, Pacquiao refused and now is having to settle for much, much less than that against Timothy Bradley on June 9th in a fight that Pacquiao could very lose.
Pacquiao told Yahoo Sports as quoted by sportsiluustrated.cnn.com “I told him, ‘OK, 50-50 and I’ll agree to everything else. I told him I would agree to all of the other things he was demanding. Everything. Even the blood testing he wanted, I would do it. But it had to be 50-50. He talks, he says all this, but you know what: He doesn’t want the fight. I want the fight. I’m the one who has wanted this fight all along.”
Oh, so Pacquiao finally agreeing to the blood testing. It took him long enough. He had the chance to make the fight with Mayweather Jr. in 2010 but wanted a long non-testing period of over three weeks before the fight. What in the world is that? Three and half weeks of no testing before the fight. I’m not surprised the fight didn’t happen. But now that Pacquiao is saying yes to the testing two years later, it’s too late to get that same 50-50 deal for the money because Pacquiao looks to have slipped a couple of notches and won a fight in his last bout looked like a textbook version of a gift decision in his fight against 38-year-old lightweight Juan Manuel Marquez.
This is the same Marquez that Mayweather completely shut out two years ago when Marquez was a little younger, but Pacquiao went life and death with Marquez, winning for the second time in a row a controversial decision. I’d say that Pacquiao doesn’t deserve a 50-50 deal, because Mayweather is clearly at the top of his game, while Pacquiao has clearly slipped and is fading fast.