Mayweather, Pacquiao Talk On Phone — Fighters Can’t Agree On Split

By Randall Stevens   /   Published 01/26/12

Floyd Mayweather and Manny PacquiaoBy now, everyone's tired of hearing about a possible super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. The only thing fans are waiting for is the official announcement ... but here's the latest.

After over two years of not taking a fight against Pacquiao, "Money" Mayweather has come out in recent months, saying he's ready to fight Pac-Man ... and wants it on May 5th (a date he's been talking about since late last year) before he has to begin serving an 87-day jail sentence starting June 1st.

After calling out Pacquiao on Twitter, he began calling Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser. Then last week, Koncz handed the phone to Pacquiao, and the two boxers finally had a private conversation.

Mayweather tells ESPN.com, via email, that he and the Filipino boxing star talked about the fight, but said he wouldn't give him a 50/50 split, as Pacquiao's camp has requested ... so, that's what's currently standing in the way of what would be the biggest fight in the sport's history.

"He ask about a 50/50 split and I told him no that can't happen, but what can happen is you can make more money fighting me then you have made in your career," Mayweather wrote in the email.

Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum fumed at the offer, saying Mayweather is impossible to negotiate with, and that his fighter deserves more. He reportedly offered Pac-Man a $40 million flat fee, while Mayweather retained 100% of the ppv and other revenues.

"Mayweather and his people are completely irrational," Arum said Friday. "Pacquiao has the highest gates, highest pay-per-view numbers, brings in more high rollers to Vegas, and he is supposed to take less than 50%? Never."

Arum also added that, in addition to compensation, Mayweather's May 5th fight demand is also another reason why it  won't happen.

"May 5 is impossible," he said. 'We couldn't get the right cable arrangements by then, or complete the outdoor stadium we are building with a temporary seating capacity of around 45,000. We would lose 30 to 40 million dollars of revenue, and that's crazy."

Arum and Pac-Man want May 26 or June 9. However, Mayweather is due to begin serving jail time June 1st, but Arum is confident that Mayweather’s legal team could make a successful plea for a short delay in his reporting date ... if he really wants the fight.

Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach believes Mayweather doesn't want to fight him at all. He says that no matter what Mayweather says in the public, he'll find a way to make it impossible to come to an agreement.

"It was typical," Roach said. "We've been chasing him for two years. All of a sudden he gets his get-out-of-jail-free card and wants to call the shots. Tweeting people and promoting fights through Twitter is very common now, trash-talking through Twitter. I found it kind of humorous. But just because you call someone out, there's still a lot of negotiating to do. At least he called us out, though. I'd like Manny to call him out too. Since Mayweather has been so bold, I hope Manny is just as bold back.

"This is good news that he called Manny out. Both guys want to fight each other, and we need to get this done, now or never."

Roach told ESPN.com that working out the details for the bout for May will be hard, regardless, but hopes the mega fight will take place in November 2012. "It's ridiculous that two grown men can't do business together. It's like they both want to take their ball and go home. They just need to drop the issues they have with each other and negotiate."

In the meantime, Team Pacquiao is looking into other options for June ... if Mayweather doesn't come to fruition. The short list includes Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto, Lamont Peterson and a rematch with Marquez.

One report said that Timothy Bradley and Miguel Cotto were the front runners. Stay tuned...

  • Kingiori_200

    mayweather is.........COWARD!!!!!!!!

  • Eddiemoney30

    pacquiao obviously don't think he can beat weather wanting a 50/50 that's a real sucka move

  • Francisat

    You know nothing about boxing. Why would Pac accept anything less than 50%. He deserves 50% across the board......even half of ppv buys. He's a champion ....he earned it. Mayweather never had the intention to fight Pac. He's scared...and he knows Pac is a threat to his 0 loss. All mayweather is doing is throwing smoke and mirrors @ everyone. He tries to make everyone think that he's the one trying to make the fight happen. But the bottom line is he's scared.

  • Janneregz

    pacman deserves a lot of that money anyway,he is the xciting fighter of all time,where as floyd is the most boring fighter that i dont even think i will pay a penny watching his fight.

  • Ali Bowser

    ...In 1997 Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker was the welterweight champion and a more accomplished fighter than oscar De La Hoya was at the time yet Whitaker was paid less because the Golden Boy De La Hoya was a bigger draw so Mayweather love him or hate him has gross more per fight than Pacquiao has, you figure it out and consider that Floyd is involved in more behind the scenes work as far as promotion and 24/7 braodcasting this is a major factor in the advertisement of the fight and they don't call him "Money Mayweather" for nothing. 

  • Omanny80

    Yea but if the pac man camp really wanna prove that there the best and that mayweather is making excuses they should just take the 40 mil and call mayweathers bluff either they don't know how to be stratigic to make the fight happen or pacman is ducking to..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2KAARJ7SSGY457H626CHKQ5JLQ danger

    MAYWEATHER IS SCARED OF PAC-MAN. FLOYD KNOWS MANNY WILL BEAT HIM IN THE RING

  • Guety07 Vo

    Pac Man has been chasing Mayweather for 2 yrs. That is a sucka move..run nnnnnn, run..LMAO..

  • LESLIETERRON78

    i would love this fight to happen.i think that both fighters are good enough to beat each other.but im bias on this 1i'll have to go with mayweather play betta.

  • Truth

    $40 million will be more than pac man ever made if its not 1 thing its another pac man will get killed by mayweather he lost to marquez but the politicking sport boxing is just to set a fight between pacman n mayweather they cheated Marquez SMH why take a rematch Marquez you will get cheated again, and for the record Mayweather we kill pacman, Olympus drug testing anybody would beat him

  • Truth

    Mayweather is the best pacman is a coward tell him to take Olympus drug test in all his fight and see how he fight than lol