MANILA, Philippines – A boxing analyst from Yahoo! Sports believes the pressure is now on unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. to make a mega-fight with Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
This, after Pacquiao agreed to give Mayweather a larger share of the revenue should they ever fight.
Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole wrote that “(t)he burden, finally, is fully and entirely on Floyd Mayweather Jr. to make a fight with Manny Pacquiao.”
“Pacquiao... had been demanding a 50-50 split. Without such a split, he’d repeatedly said over the last 18 months that he would not agree to a fight with Mayweather,” he wrote.
Iole added that the other major hurdle -- random drug testing -- has since been solved when Pacquiao last year agreed to comply with the tests.
“By agreeing to give Mayweather the lion’s share of the purse, Pacquiao has shifted the onus to Mayweather,” he wrote.
“If Mayweather raises new objections, then it becomes obvious he is not serious and is playing some sort of game,” Iole said, adding that it will be a “miscalculation” if Mayweather does add more demands.
Iole noted that Mayweather is “vey much aware of his place in history” and has spoken of being one of the greatest fighters ever.
“To do that, he’d have to beat the best opponent of his era. Without question, for Mayweather, that is Pacquiao,” Iole wrote.
But a mega-fight between the two top boxers in the world will remain on hold for now, as Pacquiao is set to face his greatest rival, Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico, for a fourth time on December 8. If Pacquiao loses against Marquez, fight fans will most likely lose interest in a mega-fight against Mayweather.
Meanwhile, Mayweathe has been mum about his plans since being released from jail early August. Iole notes that the unbeaten American will have to “stay out of further legal trouble” if he wants to pursue a mega-fight against Pacquiao.
Iole said the boxing public has been demanding a mega-fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather since 2009, when the two fighters rose to the top of pound-for-pound lists.
“A match between them is expected to be the most lucrative bout in boxing history,” he said.
The two camps engaged in negotiations earlier this year, but talks fell apart once again over disagreements regarding the financial split.