Manny Pacquiao announced yesterday to multiple outlets that he would agree to the 55-45 purse split that Floyd Mayweather has demanded. Pacquiao’s agreement to an uneven split, along with an agreement to submit to stricter drug testing, were always the final hurdles to clear before Pacquiao – Mayweather actually happened. Why do I feel like this is just the latest and greatest tease? Via Yahoo!:
Since he was paroled on Aug. 3, Mayweather has kept a low-profile and rarely spoken to the media.
His manager, Leonard Ellerbe, told Yahoo! Sports that he has not spoken “one word about boxing with him,” and that he wasn’t sure if or when he would.
Based on those two simple sentences from our buddy Kevin Iole, and a few other details, I’m confident in declaring that Floyd Mayweather is not close to committing to a fight with Manny Pacquiao. We know Mayweather isn’t above getting out in public and mixing it up with some randoms – he was involved in an incident last week where the cops were called.
Mayweather, who is fresh out of jail (it was an abbreviated stay), recently lost his business partner and best bro as he and 50 Cent allegedly have parted ways with Fitty in talks to join promotional forces with Pacquiao. Is Justin Beiber still in Floyd’s corner? Only time will tell.
As for Pacquiao, he is coming off (an admittedly bullshit robbery of) a loss to Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao has to defeat Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8th. Despite being 2-0-1 against Marquez in their previous three fights, he has never knocked him out and those fights could have gone in Marquez’s favor with different judges. Less than a knockout for Pacman is another chance for Mayweather to discredit the only man we want to see him fight.
So … maybe December 2013?