The fight of the century the world has been desperately waiting for is once again in Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s hands. Manny Pacquiao’s team reportedly offered a 70-30 split of the potential PPV earnings in favor of the winner.
GMA News reports:
Team Pacquiao has reached out to Floyd Mayweather Jr. with an offer of 70 percent of the pay-per-view (PPV) money going to the winner of a possible bout between Manny Pacquiao and the undefeated American fighter, Pacquiao business advisor Rex “Wakee” Salud confirmed to GMA News Online.
With the experts predicting that the fight may be history’s first $200-million fight, the winner of the fight is guaranteed to take home quite a large sum. However, the problem is Mayweather will likely turn this down.
The anticipated once-in-a-lifetime fight was projected to happen in May when Floyd Mayweather called out Pacquiao on Twitter. Mayweather offered a $40 million guarantee to Pacquiao with the rest of PPV money going to himself. Top Rank CEO and promoter Bob Arum then responded with a $50 million offer to Mayweather with PPV earnings going to Pacquiao. Mayweather obviously rejected this offer and the 55-45 split that was offered after.
Mayweather then decided to fight Miguel Cotto before he serves time for domestic abuse in June while Pacquiao decided to fight Timothy Bradley Jr. The hope from Pacquiao’s camp is that Mayweather finally agrees to the latest 70-30 offer and make the gigantic fight happen after Mayweather’s jail term.
But history tells us that this offer may not be enough to entice the American fighter. In previous verbal demands, Mayweather has demanded Olympic-style drug testing be conducted for the fight. Pacquiao was initially hesitant but eventually agreed under certain conditions, but the negotiations never really came to fruition. Fans of the sport have grown weary of the continuous verbal jabs that have produced no apparent progress in the anticipated fight.
But once again, the ball is in Floyd Mayweather’s court.