Should Floyd Mayweather Give Manny Pacquiao A 50-50 Split?
Even though both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are slated to fight anyone but each other, that doesn’t mean that people won’t continue to speculate about the only fight the world cares about. With Mayweather set to face Miguel Cotto on May 5 and Manny Pacquiao taking on Timothy Bradley on June 9th, you would be amazed at how much the general public cares less about their respective opponents and more about if and when they will fight each other.
The most recent episode in this long, long, long saga took place during the Mayweather-Cotto press tour that stopped in New York on Tuesday afternoon. The question that garnered the most attention wasn’t about his opponent, it was about what it will take to get Mayweather and Pacquiao in the ring. Right now, the sticking point isn’t drug tests, it’s about money. Money that Mayweather isn’t willing to part with. Manny Pacquiao recently stated that the reason the fight didn’t happen this time was because Mayweather wouldn’t agree to a 50-50 split of all the fight proceeds. Mayweather didn’t deny those claims at all when he spoke to ESPN.
“Just by speaking to Pacquiao on the phone, I mean, he’s not one of the sharpest knives in the drawer,” Mayweather said. “He faces Floyd Mayweather, he’s not getting 50-50. Not at all. No one is getting 50-50.”
Mayweather is right, nobody gets an even split with the man nicknamed “Money.” This is nothing new when it comes to Mayweather fights. He’s earned as much as 4x more than his previous opponents, so giving up half of his money is foreign to him. This is usually the process because Mayweather is the draw. However, in this situation, it can be argued that Pacquiao is just as big of a draw as Mayweather.
Upon closer inspection, this isn’t about Pacquiao, this is all about his relationship with Bob Arum, who promoted Mayweather in his early days, before an ugly split based on money put the two at each others throats. Seeing his old promoter with a huge payday off of his hard work is something that Mayweather isn’t going for.
“If I offered him $30 million, he should be happy,” Mayweather said. “If I offered him $30 million and I didn’t give money on the back end, why should I? He’s with Arum right now, and they’re having problems. It’s obvious he must not be getting money on the back end.”
Does Pacquiao deserve half of the proceeds? Perhaps. But as long as Bob Arum is around, he’ll likely never see it.