MANILA, Philippines – Could a Pacquiao-Mayweather face-off be closer to reality?
It could be, after Manny Pacquiao said that he is willing to get a smaller purse compared to American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“Willing ako na mas malaki [ang] guaranteed [purse] niya, basta matuloy ‘yung fight and may share sa pay-per-view” (I’m willing to let him have a bigger guaranteed purse, as long as the fight goes on and that I have a share in the pay-per-view earnings), Pacquiao said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart with Karen Davila.
With this statement, the Saranggani representative responded to one of the major issues surrounding the still-unrealized mega fight – money.
At first, Pacquiao, as well as promoter Bob Arum, wanted to have a 50-50 split in the earnings with Mayweather – but the American said he “cannot afford” to have that.
Mayweather most recently offered Pacquiao a $40-million guaranteed purse without pay-per-view shares, which the Filipino boxer refused.
Pacman’s counter-offer of a 45-45 split, with the remaining 10% going to the winner, was also declined by Mayweather.