MANILA, Philippines – Respect is the key to getting the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. super-fight made, according to veteran promoter Don King.
King said respect is the thing missing in the to-and-for between the camps of Pacquiao and Mayweather.
"Give the people what they want and they will respond," King said in ESPN. "It's about two things: inclusiveness, and respect. That's why they're losing the ballgame.”
On the surface, King said the disagreement between the two boxers seemed to be about the purse split.
Pacquiao wanted a 50-50 share in pay-per-view, while Mayweather wanted to give him none save for a $40-million guarantee.
“They're arguing about money, as if money is more important than the fighters. Respect the guy, and you'll get him in there for less. When you disrespect them, it don't even be about money,” said King.
“They're too busy worrying about their feelings being hurt, and being talked to condescendingly, and patronizingly, rather than respectfully," he added.
King was a force in boxing back in the 1980s to 1990s.
Among his major promotions were fights featuring Muhammad Ali like “Thrilla in Manila” and “Rumble in the Jungle.”