With Manny Pacquiao’s pay-per-view numbers dropping off badly in his last fight, and with him having lost 2 out of his last 3 fights, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is now gloating about it and seemingly kicking him while he’s down. Mayweather sees Pacquiao in a situation where he needs his help in order to get him out of the hole he’s been put in. But Mayweather says he’s not going to do it. He’s not going to bail Pacquiao out with his IRS problems, or with his problems with his PPV numbers tanking all of a sudden. Mayweather feels that Pacquiao has to deal with these issues on his own without his help.
“Pacquiao missed his opportunity; he had his chance,” Mayweather told Fighthype. “He felt like he was on the same level as me. He wouldn’t have asked for 50-50. So now, two losses later and he’s got a problem. When I offered you $40 million, you turned it down. So this guys got all these problems and he wants Floyd Mayweather to solve them for him. First he didn’t need me, now he needs me. Now you’re begging to get the fight.”
Mayweather thinks that Pacquiao is desperate for a payday against him, and doesn’t care whether he wins or loses the fight. He just thinks Pacquiao wants the payday against him so he can pay down on his debts.
As for a fight against Pacquiao, Mayweather said once again that he won’t deal with Bob Arum. He doesn’t want anything to do with the aging promoter. Pacquiao can take that as a hint that there is a slight chance that he can get a fight against Mayweather in the future, but he’s going to need to follow the logical steps to get the fight. In other words, don’t re-sign with Arum when his contract is up, and continue to show interest in making the fight happen.
It’s not just the $40 million offer where Pacquiao made a mistake. That’s nothing compared to back in 2010, where Pacquiao failed to agree to the random blood testing that Mayweather wanted him to have for the fight. At that time Mayweather had agreed to a 50-50 purse split of the money, and the fight would have made insane amounts of money on PPV. Pacquiao likely would have made over $50 million easily for that fight. Instead, Pacquiao went in another direction and fought one of his promoter Bob Arum’s fighters Joshua Clottey in a fight that drew only 660,000 PPV buys. Pacquiao went from being on the verge of getting a huge payday against Mayweather to having to settle for much less against Clottey.
That was the missed opportunity for Pacquaio, because he had Mayweather agreeing to the 50-50 deal and he should have taken it. The second mistake that Pacquiao made was not accepting Mayweather’s $40 million offer in 2012. Pacquiao turned it down and was subsequently knocked out in the 6th round by Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012. Pacquiao made less than $40 million in that fight, and by losing that fight he hurt his chances to get the Mayweather fight. He may have also hurt his future PPV drawing power, because his last fight against Brandon Rios brought in just 475,000 PPV buys.