Mayweather and Pacquiao still negotiating bout for May 2…
Keith Thurman believes that Manny Pacquiao is Floyd Mayweather’s only option as the rest of the fighters in the division don’t bring the same level of revenue.
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WBA ‘regular’ welterweight champion Thurman has given his take on the situation as negotiations rumble on between Mayweather and Pacquiao for a bout on May 2 in Las Vegas.
According to the most recent speculation, the pair had agreed on a 60-40 purse split, the drug-testing protocol and the venue and date for the fight, but there were still issues preventing them from making a formal announcement.
However, Thurman now believes that Mayweather has no other alternative but to get this fight made as ultimately there is no other welterweight that would bring him as much money as Pacquiao can.
Pacquiao is the WBO champion in the division while his rival holds the WBC and WBC belts, but given the magnitude of the event, the titles will not even make a difference as the main question asked will be who is the best pound-for-pound fighter.
“Mayweather’s running out of options. Not only is he really running out of options, he can almost take his pick but at the end of the day, Mayweather is ‘Money May’. For a certain duration, for the past several years of his career, his focus has really been on money, ‘How can I make the most money?,” Thurman told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
“When I say he’s out of options, he’s really out of big money options, and Manny Pacquiao is that. Amir Khan won’t bring in the revenue, I wouldn’t bring in the revenue, Kell Brook wouldn’t bring in the revenue, which Manny Pacquiao can bring in.
“At the end of the day, what can you say? It’s a long awaited fight, I know the fans are gonna love it, I’ll be there. It’s great for the sport, to finally see two of the world’s most entertaining welterweights go toe-to-toe.”
Thurman returns to the ring on March 7 to face former champion Roberto Guerrero, and he will hope to lead the way in the next generation of fighters coming through who hope to establish themselves at the level of the likes of Mayweather and Pacquiao.
While ‘One Time’ certainly has the style, power and technical ability to take on the top names in the division, he is still in the process of building his profile and continuing on his path towards a world title but clearly welcomes the prospect of seeing the rivalry finally settled between the two top men in the division.