Floyd Mayweather, in his interview with Bob Costas of the NBC show Costas Tonight, last Friday, March 2, indirectly admited why he doesn't want to fight Manny Pacquiao.
The current WBC World Welterweight Champion also admitted personally calling Pacman and offered him a $40 million fight purse.
'I told him I would wire him $20 [million], within 72 hours,' Mayweather told Costas.
He said he was referred to Manny's adviser Michael Konz who negotiated for Manny and tried to work out a deal with Mayweather.
A deal was never finalized and the talks bogged down due to their disagreement on the sharing of earnings from the fight.
Manny's camp, Costa said, wanted a 50/50 profit sharing or a 45/45 sharing with the remaining 10 % of the revenues from the fight to be given to the winner of the fight.
Floyd said he did not agree with the offer from Manny's people and wanted his own terms instead, believing he has the leverage to dictate his own terms since, as he said, 'I am the highest paid athlete in the world.'
It is rumored that Floyd wanted a 70/30 sharing scheme for his fight with Manny.
His other reason why the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight did not push through was because he said he also has to take care of his health.
'Self-preservation,' reasoned the 5-division world champion.
He also said he doesn't care about what the boxing fans wanted.
'Floyd Mayweather fights for Floyd Mayweather. At the end of the day, Floyd Mayweather has to be happy.'
Chicken talk starts at 04:33 minutes of the video.
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