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Floyd Mayweather has insisted that Manny Pacquiao has no say in negotiations and has been lying while he blamed Bob Arum for the inability to reach a deal.
Pacquiao confirmed in an interview with ESPN The Magazine on Tuesday that he had agreed to a 60-40 purse split in favour of his opponent while he also signed off on the drug-testing plan, venue and date.
As a result, from his perspective he is now waiting for Mayweather to sign the contract and officially confirm that the fight is on for May 2.
However, according to Mayweather it isn’t that simple as he has insisted that Pacquiao is not the boss of his own promotional company and so he has “no say so” in negotiations or what he can agree to.
Mayweather was speaking on DJ Whoo Kid’s “The Whoolywood Shuffle” show to clear up the rumours as he also revealed that while they are in negotiations, a deal is not close.
“Everything that everybody is just insinuating, what everybody been saying on TV is false. It’s not true at all…Once again, I’ve been saying this for the longest, Pacquiao has no say so because Pacquiao fights under Top Rank Promotions. I have Mayweather Promotions. Mayweather Promotions is my company, so Pacquiao, he’s not in a position to call any shots as of right now and he’s not the A-side, so everything that everybody has been hearing has been rumors. Do I want to fight Pacquiao? Absolutely! Are we negotiating? Absolutely! But has the fight been made? Not at all,” he said.
“Hopefully it’s Mayweather-Pacquiao [on May 2]. Of course we’re trying to make the fight happen between me and Pacquiao. Are we negotiating? Absolutely we are negotiating. Pacquiao said that he agreed to everything. What did you agree to? You have no say so. You have a boss. That’s called Top Rank Promotions. That’s not called Pacquiao Promotions. With my company, it’s called Mayweather Promotions,” Mayweather explained.
“We have been going back and forth, communicating with their team. Hopefully we can make this fight happen. But once again, we have to look at his pay-per-view numbers. His last fight didn’t even do 300,000 homes. So let’s make this make sense. I mean, he did get knocked out not too long ago. No matter what you say, Floyd Mayweather is still winning. When they take shots at Floyd Mayweather, he’s still winning. He’s still making hundreds of millions.”
Mayweather added, “We’re trying, but it’s been extremely difficult dealing with Top Rank. I don’t want to sit right here and point the finger at Pacquiao and say it’s him, because it’s not Pacquiao. It’s his promoter. So a lot of times when Pacquiao say, ‘Oh, I agree.’ You don’t have nothing to do with this. You’re not a boss. On the chess board, you’re a pawn.”