MANILA, Philippines – With his recent victory over Mexico’s Antonio Margarito, 8-division champion Manny Pacquiao has widened the gap between him and his closest boxing rival, undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr.
ESPN boxing analyst Dan Rafael said Pacquiao’s destruction of the Tijuana Tornado has silenced Pacman pundits about his stature as top pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
“In fact, he is beginning to put distance between himself and the man who refuses to fight him,” Rafael said in his report, referring to Mayweather.
“Pacquiao stays active destroying much bigger men, but the same can't be said for Mayweather,” he added.
Efforts have been made in the past to pit Mayweather against Pacquiao but the undefeated boxer always seem to reason his way out of the fight.
Rafael had the new World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight king from the Philippines at the top of ESPN’s pound-for-pound list. Mayweather remained behind Pacquiao at No. 2.
Pacquiao won the WBC title by methodically beating Margarito over the weekend.
The ESPN analyst said the only downside of being Pacquiao today is the fact that he’s running out of legitimate opponents.
“Promoter Bob Arum has mentioned a possible fight with Shane Mosley, but that is not at all attractive at this point given Mosley's poor performances in his most recent two fights,” he said.
Pacman to earn P1-B in Margo fight
Meanwhile, Pacquiao reportedly stands to earn an additional $10 million aside from the $15 million purse he was guaranteed to receive for fighting Margarito.
His chief adviser, Michael Koncz, said in a report by Philstar.com that all indications point to 1.4 million pay-per-view (PPV) buys for the Pacquiao-Margarito fight.
“The numbers say we’re going to hit 1.4 million or 1.5 million buys. The early trackings say we can hit 1.5 million,” said Koncz.
This means the fight earned roughly $77 million and an extra $10 million for the Filipino.
All in all, Pacquiao will reportedly get $25 million or around P1 billion.
The total PPV buys for the Pacquiao-Margarito fight is expected to surpass the Filipino’s record with Oscar dela Hoya (1.25 million), and Mayweather’s mark with Shane Mosley (1.4 million).