- Floyd Mayweather says ‘poor decision-making’ may possibly be the reason behind Manny Pacquiao’s comeback bout
- Critics earlier analyzed that Pacquiao’s comeback fight against Mexican-American champion Jessie Vargas is just a “money grab”
- The Pacquiao-Vargas match is scheduled on November 5
Hinting that Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s “poor decision-making” may have been the reason behind his comeback, retired American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. only smiled after hearing the news.
Critics earlier analyzed that Pacquiao’s comeback fight against Mexican-American champion Jessie Vargas is just a “money grab” bout, an article posted by ABS-CBN News mentioned.
The Pacquiao-Vargas match which is scheduled on November 5 will take place more than a year since the much talked about fight between the Filipino boxing superstar and Mayweather.
In a recent interview, Mayweather said he’s earned much from his fights because he knew how to negotiate and that he was being his own man; further recalling the first time he talked with Pacquiao on the phone and straight out offered the Filipino $40 million.
“I gave him the option before about fighting him the first time. I think I offered him $40 million but I told him I’d wire him $20 million within 48 hours,” Mayweather was quoted saying as he added that at that particular time, he told me he wanted 50-50 and he got off the phone. “I think I was set to make probably $75 (million) at that time, somewhere upwards of 75 but it’s all about timing,” he further stressed.
Likewise, Mayweather claimed that he also knew how to handle his money.
“I took my time, waited, communicated and leading up to the fight always made smart investments. Leading up to the fight – that week, we made something like $30 million cash. And for the Canelo fight too, for those two fights we made $400 million – just for those two fights,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao persistently claimed that his comeback is not really about the money but rekindling his one great passion.
“Diyan talaga ako lumaki at hilig ko talaga ‘yan. Nami-miss ko ‘yung boxing. Pangalawa, karangalan ko na nagbibigay ako ng honor sa ating bansa,” Pacquiao earlier said.
[I grew up boxing and that’s what I like. I miss boxing. It’s also a privilege to bring honor to our country.]
As such, the former eight-division world champion cited that he feels honored whenever he see his Filipino supporters waving at the Philippine flag during his fights. Representing his beloved country gives him a different feeling, he added.