Ariza: Pacquiao missed Floyd fight due to lack of negotiating skills

Posted at 03/15/14 11:42 PM

Floyd tried to deal with Pacquiao, says conditioning coach

MANILA, Philippines – Alex Ariza claimed that Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao should blame himself for failing to work out a deal with Floyd Mayweather Jr. with regards to their supposed superfight.

The conditioning coach, who parted ways with Pacquiao last year, claimed he was present when the American fighter phoned the Filipino in January 2012 to arrange the fight.

"Sad to say that I personally know that Mayweather has tried to make the fight...How do I know? Because I was there...Unfortunately, Manny chose not to negotiate with whatever it was," Ariza said in an interview with ES News.

That was the time when Mayweather dangled a $40-million offer to entice Pacquiao into accepting the fight.

Knowing that the fight could generate over a hundred million dollars in revenue, the fighting congressman turned down the offer and asked for a 50-50 share of earnings instead.

But to Ariza, Pacquiao could have worked the fight out if he negotiated with the controversial boxer.

"He's [Mayweather] not avoiding Manny...he offered Manny, on the phone himself, that was a man-to-man conversation. Manny chose to pass the phone to somebody else," he said.

"It's like Floyd told me: 'I'm a businessman, I'm gonna lowball you, you know?' Manny could've come back and said no, I want 50 or 55 [million dollars], but Manny just chose not to... the conversation took about five or 10 seconds," added Ariza.

The conditioning coach believes Pacquiao will never get the same offer again, especially after the Filipino got beat by Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.

"Now, it's too late."

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