Floyd Mayweather offered Manny Pacquiao a guaranteed $40 million with no pay-per-view money for their fight. Team Pacquiao rejected the money saying Floyd’s offer was a “PR stunt.”
If the fight was to go the distance, the least Manny Pacquiao could make per round is $3 million. But he said no thank you.
“He offered me $40 million, and no pay-per-view. No pay-per-view. Can you believe that? Would you do that? Come on. What would he say if I offered him $50 million, not $40 million, $50 million, and said ‘No pay-per-view. Take this money and be happy, but no pay-per-view.’ He wouldn’t do it either,” said the champion fighter of four different weight classes.
On the other side of the story, Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather’s manager, denied that any offer was made at all and that “Pacquiao is lying.” Ellerbe continued, “What Manny Pacquiao has to understand, and I don’t think he understands this part, is that if the fight ever comes off, he’ll never make the kind of money that Floyd makes. That’s simply because of the structure of his terrible deal with his promoter.”
Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino boxer and politician, came back with his own offer, “I told him, ‘Okay, 50-50 and I’ll agree to everything else. I told him I would agree to all of the other things he was demanding. Everything. Even the blood testing he wanted, I would do it. But it had to be 50-50,”
There has been no further negotiation between the two, and instead, both fighters have scheduled other bouts in the upcoming months. Manny Pacquiao will fight Timothy Bradley on June 9, 2012 while Floyd Mayweather will fight Miguel Cotto on May 5, 2012.