By Jeff Newman: Manny Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz says that they’re willing to do anything to get the Floyd Mayweather Jr fight made for May 2nd, including acting as the B-side in the equation in order get the fight done. Pacquiao has already agreed to a 60-40 split of the purse money with the 36-year-old Pacquiao receiving the 40% share of the money.
Koncz doesn’t see Pacquiao as the B-side though. He sees him and Mayweather as both A-side fighters negotiating on equal terms for their mega-fight on HBO and Showtime. However, in order to satisfy Mayweather’s ego to get the fight done, Pacquiao has agreed to be the B-side this time around. Whether that’ll be the case in a rematch if/when he beats him on May 2nd is the big question.
It’s likely that the roles will be reversed with Pacquiao asking for the bigger cut of the financial pie at that time.
“We’re treating him [Mayweather] as the A side in this because we just want to get it done and we want to give the fans what they’ve been asking for, for years,” Koncz said via Yahoo Sports.
It’s difficult to make an argument that Pacquiao should be negotiating on even term with Mayweather, given that Pacquiao has lost two out of his last five fights, and his pay-per-view numbers have been sinking in the last two years. Pacquiao was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez and beaten on points by Tim Bradley in 2012. He’s since avenged the loss to Bradley, but he hasn’t faced Marquez again to prove that the loss was just a fluke.
Pacquiao reportedly could have had the Marquez fight but the Mexican fighter was said to want a 50 percent cut of the financial pie and that’s not something that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank was willing to do. As such, Pacquiao still has unfinished business with Marquez, and his pay-per-view numbers are also a concern.
“Nobody can stop this. I can’t stop it. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum can’t stop it, HBO can’t stop it, Showtime can’t and Mayweather’s advisor Al Haymon can’t. The only ones who can stop it are Floyd and Manny and right now they’re both saying they want the fight,” Koncz said.
Of course, Arum, Koncz, HBO and Showtime can’t stop the Mayweather-Pacquiao mega-fight, nor do they want to stop it. Why would they want to stop a fight that will make them all huge money? It’s a great fight for all of them, as it is for both Mayweather and Pacquiao.