MANILA, Philippines – This early, Floyd Mayweather Jr. appears to have set the tone for difficult negotiations on a possible fight against Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather, who is fighting welterweight champion Shane Mosley on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), said Pacquiao will have to hike his pay-per-view (PPV) numbers before demanding a bigger slice of revenue in negotiations.
"I'm a boss, I only talk to bosses. He need to learn how to do numbers like I'm doing. What did him and Marquez do? Like 300,000? 400,000? Congratulations, he needs to step his game up,” the former pound-for-pound king told BoxingScene.com.
Pacquiao’s fight against Joshua Clottey last March has generated 700,000 PPV buys. HBO PPV's Mark Taffet said a non-American title fight usually doesn't exceed 400,000 buys.
“I average 1.3 [million] with ease,” said Mayweather. “I'm not worried about this [Mosley fight], I know I'm going to do crazy numbers. I should walk away with about 40 [million],"
The outspoken boxer claims he doesn’t stand to lose anything without a Pacquiao fight.
"With or without Pacquiao, I'm still going to be able to go out and make $20 or $30 million a night," he said.
According to a report by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael, Pacquiao has generated 6.25 million buys and $320 million in revenue in 12 pay-per-view fights.
Bulk of the numbers came from his last 4 fights: Clottey, Miguel Cotto (1.2 million buys), Ricky Hatton (800,000 buys), and Oscar de la Hoya (1.25 million buys).
The camps of Pacquiao and Mayweather are expected to return to the negotiation table if the latter wins over Mosley, the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion.
Pacquiao holds the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown aside from owning the distinction of being the only boxer to win 7 world titles in 7 weight classes.