Pacquiao OKs bigger purse split for Floyd

Posted at 09/21/12 9:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao said that if Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants the bigger slice of the pie, then he can have it.

The Filipino boxing icon said he is willing to give Mayweather a 55-45 split in the purse just to make the super fight.

"I'm waiting for that fight to happen," Pacquiao told ESPN. "I don't know what's the reason why that fight has not happened. ... It's OK for me if he gets a higher percentage than me." 

The world’s only 8-division champion said he made the offer when Mayweather contacted him about the fight last January.

Back then, Mayweather offered Pacquiao a $40-million guarantee without any share in pay-per-view revenue.

"I spoke to Floyd ... and he offered me an amount," Pacquiao said. "He didn't talk about the pay-per-views here and that's it. I can't agree with that. I told him I agree with 55 and 45 [split]."

Pacquiao added that so Mayweather won’t have any excuses, he agreed to undergo random blood and urine testing throughout the build-up to the fight.

"No problem," Pacquiao said. "Whatever he wants to do. Even the night of the fight. No problem."

It was widely believed that the fighting congressman wanted a lucrative fight against Mayweather before he retires from boxing.

It was reportedly the reason why Pacquiao delayed his decision for a December 8 bout against Juan Manuel Marquez.

Boxing promoter Bob Arum said he is hoping that the mega fight will finally take place in April 2013.

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