“He asked about a 50/50 split and I told him no, that can’t happen, but what can happen is you can make more money fighting me than you have made in your career,” said Mayweather on ESPN’s Sports Center. “I also let him know I’m in control on my side, but he needs to get on the same page as his promoter so we can make this fight happen.”
Pacquiao told the Filipino TV network ABS-CBN that he spoke to Mayweather, who called the cell phone of Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz. Koncz would neither confirm nor deny that the conversation took place and declined comment on Thursday.
But Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, acknowledged the conversation to David Mayo of MLive Media Group.
The conversation with Mayweather “went OK, the talk about the negotiation proceeds forward,” said Pacquiao, according to a translation by BoxingScene.com’s Ryan Maquinana, who is of Filipino descent.
“I said that the 50-50 was approved and there’s no problem. Anytime. It’s in your hands. We’ll just wait if it’s OK with you.”
Past negotions for the Mayweather-Pacquiao megabout twice failed over Mayweather’s insistence on Olympic-style drug testing. It remains unclear, however, if the relationship between the two fighters may be thawing in the interest of making the bout a reality.
FREDDIE ROACH BELIEVES THAT MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO WILL HAPPEN
Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, expressed optimism that Mayweather-Pacquiao will happen.
“I don’t think [Mayweather’] a coward. He finally called Manny out, so that was a good sign that he did that after he got his get-out-of-jail-free card,” said Roach on ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption. “The thing is, now it’s just about the negotiations and who gets what. That’s a positive sign that the fight will happen someday.”
Roach was also asked if he believed Mayweather has been ducking Pacquiao.
“We’ve been chasing him for two years now, and he’s just so crazy about keeping that zero on his record because he can say that he’s better than Sugar Ray Robinson and all of these other great fighters,” said Roach.
“It’s not a disgrace to lose, but I think that in his mind, he’ll lose that argument that he’s the best fighter ever and that he’s never been beat,”
Roach said that he does not believe that Maywether-Pacquiao will take place on May 5.
“May 5 is kind of soon for a fight of this magnitude to happen. You need time and you’ve got to promote the fight right. Again, negotiations. You’ve got to get whether you’re going to go 50-50 or he wanted 70-30. It’s just that there’s a lot of details to be worked out,” said Roach.
“And I think that the May 5 date is a little bit soon and Manny had that cut in his last fight, and we want that to heal properly. We were looking forward to a June date, but I think that realistically, for the big fight to happen, we would have to spend some more time promoting the fight. I don’t think that’s something that we want to rush.”
Roach also gave his reactions to Mayweather’s antagonistic tweets, including the one telling Pacquiao to “step up punk.”
“Well, you know, he’s talking s–t, but the thing is, we’ve been chasing him for two years and we’ve agreed to all of the blood testing that he wants to do. He wants to make all of the rules. He says that he will only fight in Las Vegas and not at the bigger venues like in Texas and so forth,” said Roach.
“A fight of this magnitude might need a stadium that big. But, he wants to call all of the shots, and that’s just not going to happen. Me as a fan, though, I want to see the fight happen as soon as possible. Give me eight weeks to get Manny ready and I’ll do my job.”
Juan Manuel Marquez has fought three disputed bouts with Pacquiao — a draw and losses by split-decision and a majority decision. Meanwhile, Mayweather dominated a one-sided victory over Marquez.
Still, Roach said he would be confident with Pacquiao against Mayweather.
“Styles make fights, and Mayweather’s style does pose problems and difficulties. We’ve had our problems with counter punchers like Marquez. But a guy that averages 80 punches a round like Pacquiao does, and Mayweather averages 15 punces a round, I think that we’ll overwhelm him at the end.”
WHO IS MAYWEATHER PICKING?
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told RingTV.com on Tuesday that Mayweather still is among the five choices for Pacquiao, including WBA junior middleweight beltholder Miguel Cotto, RING lightweight champ Juan Manuel Marquez, WBO junior welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley and IBF/WBA junior welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson.
Mayweather, who turns 35 next month, has targeted May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for his next bout, but Arum and Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, have all but dismissed that date for Mayweather-Pacquiao, citing their camp’s desire to have built a 40,000-seat, temporary outdoor venue on the Las Vegas strip in late May or early-June to maximize revenue.