Pacquiao: I believe Floyd is avoiding me
MANILA, Philippines – Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao maintains that he is not to blame if his mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. does not push through.
Pacquiao has already agreed to all of Mayweather’s conditions, including the oft-repeated drug testing demand and the Filipino getting the smaller split in revenues.
But Mayweather still refuses the fight.
"If the fight doesn't happen, it's not my fault. I'm not going to accuse him of being greedy or judge him. It's hard to judge,” the fighting congressman told USA Today.
“It's his title, it's his life, (but) I believe he is avoiding me," said Pacquiao.
The Filipino boxer has already offered 55-45 split in earnings favoring Mayweather, but the undefeated American said Pacquiao is in no position to make such offer.
“You have to realize this: in my opinion, Manny Pacquiao is desperate,” Mayweather said in Fight Hype. “He doesn’t make his own decisions, because Manny Pacquiao has a boss, his promoter, that makes his decisions.”
Boxing pundits believe the super fight could generate as much as $200 million, an amount unheard of in the sport of professional boxing.
Pacquiao’s coach Freddie Roach said the money is unlikely to materialize if Mayweather continues to give out excuses.
"I think if the fight doesn't happen next year, it never will happen," Roach said. "People are getting bored and tired of [talking about it]. We're chasing a rabbit we can't catch."
Pacquiao, who plans to retire from boxing in a year or two, is currently preparing for his fourth bout with Juan Manuel Marquez.