Originally written on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE  |  Last updated 10/13/14

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 14: Manny Pacquiao enters the ring before taking on Miguel Cotto during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The mega-fight the world was waiting to see seemed to be on the horizon.  Both sides seemed to have been ironing out the little details to make this fight happen between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.  As expected, talks broke down and the rest of the world was left hanging.

In an interview by Yahoo! Sports writer, Kevin Iole, boxer Manny Pacquiao offers his side of the story.  Pacquiao makes his stance clear by stating that he personally wanted to see the fight happen, but Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is the one to blame.  The Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao said,

He offered me $40 million, and no pay-per-view [money],” Pacquiao said, breaking into a laugh. “No pay-per-view. Can you believe that? Would you do that? Come on. What would he say if I offered him $50 million – not $40 million, $50 million – and said ‘No pay-per-view. Take this money and be happy, but no pay-per-view.’ He wouldn’t do it, either.

The Filipino boxer would also go on to say, “It was embarrassing to me.  He was trying to take advantage of me.  It is clear he didn’t want to fight.”  Mayweather was obviously aware that this match would give him the biggest paycheck he has ever seen in his career and wanted to play keeps with the PPV money.

Mayweather’s manager, Leonard Ellerbe, was asked for a response and stated:

What Manny Pacquiao has to understand, and I don’t think he understands this part, is that if the fight ever comes off, he’ll never make the kind of money that Floyd makes.  That’s simply because of the structure of his terrible deal with his promoter.  Pacquiao is a guy who doesn’t know what he makes to fight to fight.  He has no idea of where the revenue comes from.  There’s no way he’s going to come up with something like that off the top of his dome.”

The longer this fight lingers on into the future, the more boxing fans will get bored of the talk and lose interest.  Money, both the boxer and the medium of exchange, seems to be holding this fight up.


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