Monday, January 23, 2012
Pacquiao to Mayweather : Take it or leave it
Source : Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star)
MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao won’t take anything less than 50 percent even if it means the sudden death of the latest talks of a superfight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“That’s it. That’s the best offer from Manny,” said the Filipino boxer’s lawyer, Franklin Gacal.
“If Floyd says no, then fight someone else. I don’t think Manny will agree to anything less than 50 percent,” said the lawyer from General Santos City.
Pacquiao said a few days ago he spoke to Mayweather on the phone and said they can do the fight if there’s a 50-50 split of the purse.
Mayweather said it’s not going to happen that way.
Gacal did not say who that “someone else” is but signs point to Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico, who may get a chance to avenge his 2009 loss to Pacquiao.
However, reports said Cotto isn’t jumping with joy over the possibility of a rematch with Pacquiao because he’s also being considered by Mayweather.
Cotto said he will study the “best deal” being offered to him.
The undefeated American will fight on May 5 in Las Vegas, by hook or by crook, and if it’s not Pacquiao, it could be Canelo Alvarez or Cotto.
Aside from Cotto, also being considered as alternate opponents for Pacquiao are Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley and Lamont Peterson.
But it was reported a couple of weeks ago that Pacquiao has Cotto on his mind if it’s not Mayweather.
It was Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, who seemed to have spilled the beans when he said Pacquiao likes to face Cotto instead of Marquez, Bradley and Peterson.
The boxer’s wife made the statement just before Pacquiao gave his promoter, Bob Arum, who was then in Manila, the name of the alternate opponent he has chosen.
Arum has also picked June 9 as the date of Pacquiao’s next fight in Las Vegas, and it comes on the eve of the Puerto Rico Day parade in New York City.
But if Cotto decides to fight Pacquiao, they will have to deal with the weight issue because the wide-bodied Puerto Rican, now the light-middleweight champion, may find it difficult to go down to 147 lb.
Pacquiao also said he won’t fight heavier than 147 lb.