Mayweather will fight Cotto instead

With all the hoopla immediately ensuing after the Pacquiao vs Marquez III, hopes were lit when negotiations started rolling again between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and... More Below... Posted by on Feb 2nd, 2012 and filed under Boxing, Sports.

With all the hoopla immediately ensuing after the Pacquiao vs Marquez III, hopes were lit when negotiations started rolling again between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

I thought the 50/50 split would seal a May 5 superfight between the Filipino and American. Then the lights slowly dimmed after Bob Arum expressed that May 5 was too soon because he wanted Pacquiao’s cut to fully heal first, looking for a November match instead. Also, Arum and trainer Freddie Roach were considering other matches and rematches between Cotto and Marquez since Floyd and Manny has a history of failed negotiations.

Now the light is completely out, Floyd will be moving up to 154 pounds to challenge the new and improved current WBA Light Middleweight champ Miguel Cotto, while talks between Manny and undefeated WBO Light Welterweight champ Timothy Bradley.

Mayweather wrote on twitter, calling Pacquiao “Miss Pac man” is “ducking him.” Really? Though flamboyant Floyd offered the Sarangani congressman $40 million for the fight, it was not a 50/50 split.

Pacquiao’s manager Michael Koncz said he offered Mayweather a 55-45 split of fight revenues, with the winner collecting the 55.

“Because it’s a prizefight,” Koncz said. “If you were the better fighter, you get the 10% bonus - $15 million to $25 million more than the other guy. That was my final offer with a $50 million guarantee to each fighter. That was rejected.”

“For Floyd to say Manny never wanted this fight, or ducked it, is totally absurd,” he added.

And I thought Floyd was confident he can beet Manny, why wouldn’t he agree to Koncz’s offer, sounded good for someone claiming to be unbeatable. Who’s chicken remains unclear (yeah right), but definitely Floyd won’t be able to duck his way out of 90 days in jail for battery.