MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. will have plenty of time to rethink his stance about the Manny Pacquiao fight once he starts his 3-month jail sentence.
Yahoo! Sports columnist Dan Wetzel said Mayweather will have the opportunity to stay away from his hangers-on and think about how the super-fight will affect his legacy.
“Mayweather's legacy won't be complete without fighting Pacquiao; it will haunt him forever, be brought up forever and be counted against him forever. There will always be a portion of fans that say, fair or not, that he ducked Manny,” Wetzel said in his blog.
Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail after he pleaded guilty for beating up his former girlfriend Josie Harris.
He is scheduled to serve his jail time this June.
“Perhaps those hours alone in jail will make him realize what's real, what's ego and what's standing in the way of the only fight that can bring Mayweather the credibility he so desperately covets,” said Wetzel.
Wetzel said that away from his “yes men,” Mayweather may be able to reflect and contemplate.
“Mayweather lives in a bubble where he and only he is the greatest, where Pacman is constantly disparaged, where if Mayweather wants to say not making the fight is a good idea, everyone will agree,” said the boxing analyst.
Still no compromise
Pacquiao and Mayweather have yet to reach an agreement on their supposed super-fight due to dfferences over drug testing and purse split.
Wetzel said both boxers need to compromise, especially Mayweather.
“As sure as Pacquiao needed to give into Mayweather's PED-testing demands, Mayweather needs to offer Pacquiao something close to a 50-50 split,” he said.
The analyst believes the super-fight could potentially earn around $300 million.
He added that Pacquiao and Mayweather could earn more should there be a rematch.
“Maybe in that jail cell Mayweather will realize that something that could be close to 80-20 isn't reasonable. Offer 55-45, fall back to 52-48. We could still be talking about $150 million for Mayweather,” said Wetzel.
“It is just time to be the bigger man. It is just time for the biggest fight.”