Mayweather: Pacquiao must leave Arum, take less $ for f!ght to happen
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|Floyd: Pacquiao must leave Arum for f!ght to happen
By Michael Woods
He's right there with a many of the glittering talents who've graced the stage of the Apollo Theater in Harlem in the last century. Floyd Mayweather has "it," that charisma which forces people, love him or loathe him, to pay attention to him. Thousands of folks waited outside the theater on Tuesday to gain entrance to see "Money" talk up his May 5 Las Vegas clash with 154 pound champ Miguel Cotto, the Puerto Rican ace who has held crowns in three weight divisions.
Once inside, several hundred fans made their presence felt, noisily, making it hard at times to concentrate on the goings on.
But my mind drifted during the presser anyway. As I heard Mayweather talk about what a stern test Cotto is, and how his lengthy run at the top of the heap comes from his loyalty to hard work, I found myself pondering a f!ght that won't happen on May 5...or maybe at all. The Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao showdown. Of course, I asked the requisite questions, because that's only fair and righteous. It wouldn't be decent to Cotto to act as if he had no shot against Mayweather, and this exercise is merely an appetizer till we get to the main course. But, notwithstanding how Cotto looked on Dec. 3 at MSG against Antonio Margarito, and how it looks like he's had a happy fire lit under him by Cuban trainer Pedro Diaz, I do think he's in over his head on May 5. That's no slam--I think Mayweather handles everyone from 140-160 pounds. He's simply a stunning, stellar pugilist, who I think mastered the shoulder roll in his crib.
The presser got off to a late start--what, you think Mayweather isn't going to make 'em wait, in the grand tradition of the grand attraction?--and we heard ample boos when the spotlight bathed "Money" and his name was announced. Mayweather didn't frown. No, he grinned, fully aware that each and every soul motivated to boo and hiss would also be motivated to purchase the pay-per-view in May.
This f!ght will take place at 154 pounds, and some wonder how Mayweather, maybe better suited for 147, will deal with the physical Puerto Rican. Floyd managed to land a shot at Manny Pacquiao while delving into this matter. "I want to f!ght the best Miguel Cotto," he said. "I don't want to f!ght you at a catch weight." This referred to Pacquiao's occasional tactic of demanding foes weigh under the high-end weight limit for his bouts.
But of course, the topic of Manny Pacquiao came up. Mayweather was asked if he thought a f!ght with the Filipino would go down. He didn't sound optimistic, saying that any talk of a 50-50 revenue split with Manny is a non-starter. He said any talk of him being afraid to f!ght Pacman is nonsense, and offered one avenue to make the road to fruition easier to travel. "The only way I think a f!ght with the guy with three losses and I don't know how many draws, the only way that f!ght happens is he has to leave Bob Arum," he said. "And I'm not telling him to leave, because I know how the media is, they take your words and screw them up. They make it the way they want to make it."
Note: Cotto had been with Bob Arum and Top Rank forever, but jumped ship to Golden Boy when his contract was up the end of 2011. If he was still with Arum, almost certainly this date with Mayweather would not have been realized.
Note 2: Mayweather didn't dispute any specifics in the reports of the last round of negotiations. Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz a couple weeks ago said he offered a compromise to Mayweather, in the form of a $50 million guarantee to each, and a 55-45 revenue split in PPV monies, with the extra portion going to the winner, and that Floyd turned it down, preferring Pacman simply receive a flat fee, and no slice of the PPV pie.
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Mayweather bashes Pacquiao again
NEW YORK (AP)
A trumpet blared a fanfare to introduce Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto as fans at the Apollo Theater cheered the start of Tuesday's news conference to promote their May 5 f!ght in Las Vegas.
Floyd Mayweather is never at a loss for words, either in front of a microphone or on his Twitter account. These are some of Mayweather's "greatest hits:"
Still, there appeared to be far more interest in the f!ght that's not happening - a matchup between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather made clear that whether they meet in the ring is about the money - breaking down the shares in what could be boxing's richest f!ght ever.
''Just by speaking to Pacquiao on the phone, I mean, he's not one of the sharpest knives in the drawer,'' Mayweather said. ''He faces Floyd Mayweather, he's not getting 50-50. Not at all. No one is getting 50-50.''
While Mayweather urged Pacquiao should ''take the test,'' a reference to his demand for random drug testing, payout appears to be the real sore point between Mayweather on one side, and Pacquiao and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum on the other. Arum has said testing is not an issue.
''Bob Arum likes to match Top Rank f!ghters with Top Rank f!ghts. He keeps all the money in house,'' Mayweather said.
This dispute has spilled into federal court. Pacquiao sued Mayweather for defamation in December 2009, alleging Mayweather falsely accused him of using performance-enhancing drugs. Pacquiao spent 12 hours in Las Vegas last week giving depositions in the case.
''If I offered him $30 million, he should be happy,'' Mayweather said. ''If I offered him $30 million and I didn't give money on the back end, why should I? He's with Arum right now, and they're having problems. It's obvious he must not be getting money on the back end.''
Mayweather says he's not ducking Pacquiao, who stopped Cotto in the 12th round of their November 2009 f!ght.
''If I'm scared and I'm a coward, why do you guys want to see me f!ght?'' he said. ''Do I want the Pacquiao f!ght? Absolutely. But it's going to be hard to make the f!ght because Arum is worried about getting money.''
As boxing news conferences go, this was fairly tame. In the second of a series that began Monday in Puerto Rico and end Thursday in Los Angeles, Mayweather and Cotto praised each other and said they respected each other. Video projections proclaimed them ''Ring Kings'' and ''Living Legends.'' They sat in tall chairs of red velvet with lions on the arm rests.
Mayweather was the snazzier, in white jeans, a black turtleneck sweater, sunglasses. There was bling on his left wrist, and the rapper 50 Cent was part of his onstage entourage. Cotto, who got the bigger cheers, was in a black suit, black shirt and striped tie.
Mayweather defended his Feb. 14 tweet, in which he said: ''Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise.''
Mayweather said most of the focus was on the second sentence and the first was largely ignored.
''Do I regret what I said? Absolutely not. I stand by what I said, and I meant what I said,'' Mayweather said.
Cotto, who has stopped all three of his opponents since losing a welterweight title f!ght to Pacquiao, thinks the 154-pound weight limit will favor him over Mayweather, who has boxed at lighter classes.
''Power is going to be on my side,'' Cotto said.
The f!ght, for the WBA super welterweight title, will take place in Las Vegas and will be televised by HBO pay-per-view. HBO plans a four-episode series leading up to the bout, with the first part to air April 14.
Mayweather is to begin a 90-day jail sentence on June 1 stemming from a domestic violence case.
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