Ellerbe: Pacquiao doesn’t tell Floyd! We dictate the terms for the fight
By Chris Williams: Leonard Ellerbe, the adviser for Floyd Mayweather Jr., wasn’t pleased with the news that Manny Pacquiao was talking about offering Mayweather a 45/55 purse split to help put together a fight between them.
Ellerbe told the LA Times writer Lance Pugmire “Manny Pacquiao can’t tell Floyd Mayweather [expletive]. If and when the fight takes place, Floyd will dictate the terms.”
There it is. Ellerbe has spoken and I have a feeling that Pacquiao’s offer of a 45/55 deal might not be good enough to get Mayweather to give him a fight. It might take something lower than that, especially if Pacquiao gets beat again in his next fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in December. That would be Pacquiao’s second straight loss in addition to all the other losses on his record, and his less than impressive pay per view numbers for his fight with Tim Bradley.
It might take something along the lines of 40-60 or 35/65 for Pacquiao to get Mayweather to take the fight, and I feel that would be more than fair considering the way that Pacquiao is fighting at this point in his career.
Mayweather is chilling right now after having served time in the Las Vegas jail for his domestic abuse charges. The last thing he wants to be thinking about right now is Pacquiao asking for too much money. When Mayweather has the desire to get back in the ring, he’ll look up Pacquiao and then the two of them can see if they can agree to terms. However, I think Pacquiao is going to need to really back off in a big way the purse that he’s asking for.
A 45/55 deal is almost 50-50, and Mayweather probably isn’t going to agree to that kind of slit because he doesn’t see Pacquiao as being on his level in terms of talent and PPV buy potential. Like I said. I think Pacquiao will have to come down in his asking price to perhaps the 35 percent range if he wants to fight Mayweather before he retires.