Floyd Mayweather Sr. made an appearance on CBS radio recently, and the one topic everyone wanted to know about was the proposed fight between his son and Manny Pacquiao.
A few weeks ago on the very same radio show the elder of the two Floyds made a statement which surprised the boxing world at the time, although might turn out to be strangely prescient.
When asked about the fact that Pacquiao was a southpaw, Mayweather Sr. replied:
“It does not matter what stance Pacquiao fights, my son will never fight him”
He also alleged that the Filipino congressman was only willing to accept a more strict testing regime than he was during the last negotiations because he had used the intervening six months to clean his system of performance enhancing drugs. Since the NSAC rejected the idea to random blood testing though that issue seems to have been taken off the table altogether. The one remaining obstacle to the pair meeting is now the purse split.
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Despite his previous statements, in his latest interview with the show Floyd Sr. admitted that the fight is possible, but that it depends on Pacquiao and presumably whether or not he will agree to the purse split that his son wants.
“That’s for Manny Pacquiao to decide, he knows what’s required to make the bout”.
Yesterday it was reported that Pacquiao and Top Rank had made three offers to Mayweather regarding the purse split, all of which had been rejected. Pacquiao himself has rejected an offer of a 60-40 split in Mayweather’s favor.
The two promoters associated with the respective fighters, Golden Boy and Top Rank issued a gagging order for everyone directly involved with the talks which for the most part both sides have kept to.
Floyd Sr. though seemingly isn’t bound by the same agreement, enabling him to more or less speak his mind on the latest goings on. More importantly though he can confirm or deny things that neither Bob Arum or Richard Scheafer can or will.
Floyd Sr. was also confident that his son could stop Pacquiao if the two were to fight, stating:
“This little man will be eating not just any leather, but the leather on the end of my son’s fists”
“Let me tell you something my son is the most accurate puncher in the sport of boxing today, if you go into the ring with my son with no defense there is only going to be one outcome”
As it turns out though, Floyd Sr’s take on the tactics used by Pacquiao and Mayweather might become fairly important as the fight gets nearer. His son’s usual trainer, uncle Roger is on trial in August for allegedly attacking a female boxer. Should he be incarcerated again Floyd Sr. will probably become his son’s trainer for the fight.
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