Originally posted on The Daily Rival  |  Last updated 1/13/12

Manny Pacquiao has finally made a personal response to Floyd Mayweather’s 140-character-or-less challenges. Through a statement on his website yesterday, Pacquiao agrees to fight the undefeated champion on May 5, but he wants Mayweather to agree to one concession: a 50-50 split of the purse.

Here’s the statement:

Manny Pacquiao agrees to fight May 5th.

“To all of my fans…Mayweather just needs to agree to and accept a 50 percent split, and if he does, then the fight will go through. He’s the one who needs to agree,”

“He’s the one who has to say yes. The reason is because he talks to a lot of people. He has a lot of representatives. If he takes the fight, he can make $50-to-60 million. That’s how much he can make.”

“I want to fight him. This is the fight the world wants. Mayweather wants a guaranteed purse, so what he has to do is get a promoter who can give him the guarantee,” said Pacquiao.

“I don’t have problems getting a guarantee because I have a promoter who will give me my guaranteed purse. If he gets a guarantee, then we are going to share the revenue on a 50-50 basis.”

Keep holding your breath for now, sports fans. While it looks increasingly likely this fight will finally happen each time news about it has broke in the past two weeks, nothing is definite yet. Through this statement, Pacquiao puts the pressure all on Mayweather again. Mayweather thew the ball into Pacquiao’s court with those Twitter challenges. Pacquiao just threw the ball right back.

This also seems to be a complete reversal of everything people from Pacquiao’s camp have been saying, especially his promoter Bob Arum, who has proven to be a major hindrance in the prior negotiations for a Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight. Arum has yet to make comment about this statement. But this is clearly what Pacquiao himself wants. I don’t see anybody telling him otherwise.

If Pacquiao’s statement is indeed an official proposal, Mayweather is a big baby if doesn’t want to take a 50-50 split. Expecting Pacquiao to concede all the decision-making to him is unreasonable.

Guess what, Floyd. This is called negotiating. You can’t have everything your way. Pacquiao will give you May 5. He’ll give you Las Vegas. Now give him something he wants.

Get on your money phone with 50 Cent and consult with him. Do what you have to do. But remember this, if this fight doesn’t happen because you didn’t want to make one concession, guess who the punk is now.

(H/T Los That Sports Blog)

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