Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 12/10/14

Floyd Mayweather is ready to name Amir Khan as his opponent for his ring return on May 3 within the next week. Khan confirmed earlier this month that he had already signed a contract to fight the pound-for-pound No. 1 fighter in the world.But the talk —as always— is still about Money meeting Manny Pacquaio.On Wednesday,  Mayweather, who is on a week-long tour of South Africa, said Pacquiao's recent ring losses and financial circumstances could make the Filipino a little more flexible in his demands for the fight everyone wants."I offered Manny Pacquiao the fight before," said Mayweather. "We didn't see eye to eye on terms. Years later we come back and I try and make the fight happen again. I offer him $40 million. He said he wanted 50-50. So we didn't make the fight happen.""All of a sudden, he [Pacquiao] loses to Timothy Bradley, he loses to [Juan Manuel] Marquez... he has tax problems now," he went on."So, two losses and tax problems later, now he all of a sudden want to say: 'You know what? I’d do anything to make the fight happen,' when he’s really saying: 'Floyd, can you help me solve my tax problems, get me out of debt?'"In previous negotiations, both fighters disagreed on the split. Mayweather wanted 60-40 and Pacquaio wanted an even cut. With a reported $68 million delinquent tax bill hounding the Philippines senator, he just might be desperate for a lesser percentage of the potentially record-breaking pot.The 36-year-old Mayweather also considering a fight with Marcos Maidana who inflicted a first defeat on Adrien Broner last month.But Broner has exercised his right to a rematch and will have his chance for immediate revenge in the spring.So that leaves the door open —and probably the last opportunity— for the Mayweather-Pacquaio clash.But we've heard that before.

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