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MANILA – Floyd Mayweather is not nicknamed “Money” for nothing.
The current boxing pound-for-pound king who was named the 2014 highest paid athlete has made new demands for the highly anticipated super fight against eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.
In a report by Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, a source close to “The Money Team” has demanded for two-thirds of the supposed revenue if the fight does happen.
This is not the first time Mayweather has made what was deemed as “ludicrous” demands for Pacquiao. In 2009, when the idea of making the bout was first made public, “Money May” wanted “Pacman” to undergo Olympic style drug-testing. This was mainly due to the performance enhancing drug use allegations he made against the Filipino boxing superstar.
Then in 2012, Mayweather demanded a 60/40-purse split, guaranteeing an instant $40 million for Pacquiao. In turn, the Pacquiao camp demanded for a 50/50 purse split instead, leading to another failed attempt at a successful negotiation.
The report adds that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has disputed Mayweather’s new demands.
“Arum declined to discuss specifics of the split but said he has been in contact with CBS CEO Les Moonves this week -- CBS is the parent company of Showtime, which has an exclusive deal with Mayweather -- and that "based on my conversations, that is not accurate," the report reads.