Mayweather Use Fake Pacquiao Challenge as a Camouflage to Justify Fight with Cotto
Floyd Mayweather Jr. never intended to fight Pacquiao when he personally negotiated the fight through a phone call. Every move Floyd makes, there were always consultations with his team led by adviser Leonard Ellerbe. And Floyd was able to hatch up a seemingly believable plan. Did it work?
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Unfair and humiliating Floyd offer
With Floyd’s offer of a non-negotiable $40-million guarantee money for Pacquiao with all pay-per-view profits going to Floyd, there was really no intention to fight the world’s only record-holder of 8 division titles, another cash cow of boxing and considered as the world’s most exciting and admired fighter Manny Pacquiao. The fake negotiation was only intended to cover up and justify why Mayweather will fight Puerto Rican fighter Miguel Cotto.
It is clearly a 50-50 deal fight
The most clamored fight predicted to break all-time sales records between two top and bankable fighters in the word will always be a 50-50 deal. Floyd said his fight earned more sales than Pacquiao but that is not the gauge to use now. If his math is correct, his lead is not that so far away from Manny. It is not who made much money between the two but the match-up.
Floyd plans to fight Cotto all along and not Pacquiao
Floyd and his team of advisers think that Pacquiao’s leftover Cotto has a big following among his countrymen and will still buy the fight even if Cotto has no chance to win. They think that they just have to have some plans to hype the fight and get away with the boxing world’s most clamored immediate fight with Manny Pacquiao. The plan: make a believable but fake attempt to negotiate. Make a noisy dare and challenge to Pacquiao, make the first move by a personal call but make sure Pacquiao will decline.
Pacquiao leftover and the blueprint to win
Floyd has been bragging that Pacquiao only fought his leftovers and already showed the blueprint to beat them. Now Floyd is so quiet about Cotto being a Pacquiao leftover and the fact that Pacquiao also showed the blueprint to beat Cotto. It now seemed Floyd is just all talk.
Pacquiao’s counter-offer is fair and more thrilling
Pacquiao’s latest counter-offer of a 50-50 purse split and a 70-30 PPV split with the 70 going to the winner is a very courageous offer and a sign of confidence to win. The Mayweathers has been saying all along that Floyd beating Manny is going to be a walk in the park so there is no reason to decline the offer. The Pacquiao proposal is a very a good selling point and will make the matchup much more exciting.
Why take the very risky fight with Pacquiao?
Many think Floyd’s fight with Pacquiao is a very risky one for his clean career slate. If Floyd’s fight with Miguel Cotto sells again, then Floyd will most probably repeat the fake stunt to justify another fight with another crowd-drawing fighter. The fake negotiation only wasted the time of Manny Pacquiao and justify why Floyd did not fight him. If Floyd can sell his fights with easier opponents, why take the riskier one. Why risk his life and limbs fighting the deadly Pacquiao? Floyd can always cover his boring fights with his pre-fight noise and stunts. Floyd loves those WWE stunts and fake fights.