Floyd Mayweather Jr. has finally spoken, Manny Pacquiao has quickly responded and the blockbuster fight the world wants to see may finally come into fruition on May 2.
This developed on Saturday following a Mayweather announcement on Showtime Sports on Friday night (Saturday in Manila) that he wanted his next bout to be against the Filipino ring icon provided he would take the bulk of the purse, which is expected to exceed a record $200 million.
Informed of Mayweather’s sudden decision, a chuckling Pacquiao said: “Tama na ang dakdakan (Stop all this talk). Let’s get it on. Pirmahan na (Let’s sign the deal).”
Pressed for comment on Mayweather’s demand for a larger share of the total revenue, Pacquiao, who was leaving his Forbes Park mansion in a hurry to attend a wedding, said: “I’m not after material things.”
This meant he’s willing to bend to Mayweather’s desires so that the first billion dollar fight ever will push through.
After toying with Chris Algieri, whom he knocked down six times in their World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight in Macau last month, Pacquiao has been taunting Mayweather, regarded as the pound-for-pound king, to fight him.
Accused of deliberately avoiding Pacquiao for fear of losing his unbeaten record (47-0, 26 knockouts), Mayweather may have had enough.
“We want the fight, we are ready,” Mayweather said. “Let’s make it happen on May 2. Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao. Let’s do it.”
“I am not ducking or dodging any opponent. Bob Arum is stopping the fight,” he said.
Arum, of course, is Pacquiao’s chief promoter who once charted Mayweather’s career before they had a falling out.
“I wanted that fight a long time ago and I am just waiting [for] them,” Mayweather said.
Actually, the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight nearly happened in 2010, were it not for a disagreement on a drug testing protocol, as Mayweather insisted on Olympic-style (random) blood testing.
While Mayweather did call Pacquiao once in 2012, his offer of a flat $40-million purse for the eight-division world champion was perceived to be unacceptable then as the pay-per-view income alone would be double than that figure…see more