MANILA, Philippines – Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao claimed that his unbeaten and controversial rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. is asking a hefty sum for their anticipated blockbuster bout.
“Narinig ko sa $100 million ‘yung hiningi… Basta 'yun ang hinihingi n'ya kaya ‘di matuloy-tuloy [ang laban],” the fighting congressman of Sarangani province told ABS-CBN’s Jay Dayupay.
(I heard he’s asking $100 million. That’s what he’s asking for which is why the fight is not yet done).
Pacquiao, who is turning 33 on Saturday, said he is leaving it to his promoter to negotiate with Mayweather’s camp.
Top Rank Promotions, which handles Pacquiao’s fights, said that $100 million for just one fighter is impossible.
Pacquiao also mentioned that there were offers made by some promoters guaranteeing each fighter $50 million.
The Filipino champion said he has no qualms about getting the lower share, as long as the fight gets done.
“Actually, wala akong problema kahit na maliit lang amg prem’yo ko. Walang problema, basta matuloy lang ang fight (It’s no problem for be to get the smaller prize as long as the fight gets done)” said Pacquiao.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao is praying for her mother’s complete recovery.
Mommy Dionisia has been out of the limelight to get some rest after experiencing a nervous breakdown.
“Sana bigyan kami ng malakas na katawan araw araw ng pamilya ko at lahat ng aking mahal sa buhay (I pray we remain healthy, me and my family and relatives),” said Pacquiao.