Analysts: Floyd camp no longer making sense
MANILA, Philippines – Boxing analysts, including one that supports Floyd Mayweather Jr., said the camp of the American boxer is no longer making sense with regards to their hardball stance against Manny Pacquiao.
ESPN First Take’s Skip Bayless and Stephen Smith frowned at the reaction of the Mayweather camp to Pacquiao’s offer of a 55-45 revenue split, saying that the American boxer is no longer making sense.
“What's disappointing is Floyd did dictate the terms, he already dictated, and he dictated and he dictated,” said Bayless.
Pacquiao has agreed to Mayweather’s demands to take a lesser piece of the purse in case their mega-fight pushes through. The Filipino boxer also agreed to undergo random blood testing as demanded by his rival.
Mayweather’s adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, has dismissed Pacquiao's offer.
“Manny Pacquiao can't tell Floyd Mayweather (expletive). If and when the fight takes place, Floyd will dictate the terms,” was Ellerbe’s comment.
This drew criticism from Smith, a staunch supporter of Mayweather.
“Going out and saying 'Manny Pacquiao can't dictate me whatever case it may be,' Leonard Ellerbe, Floyd makes no sense. It just makes no sense, because you already dictated the terms and Manny Pacquiao said 'I accept,'” said Smith.
Smith said he couldn’t bash Pacquiao for taking the Juan Manuel Marquez fight because the Filipino boxer has already accepted Mayweather’s terms.
He stressed that the remaining sensible fight for Mayweather at this point is Pacquiao.
“It's clear that we wanna see you against Manny Pacquiao for years and it hasn't happened. I still believe Floyd will beat him (Pacquiao), but you gotta get in the ring with him to do it.”