Mayweather refuses to give Pacquiao a 50/50 split. Does this mean negotiations are over? (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather was doing so well in the PR battle. He had the backing of the social media from his callout of Manny Pacquiao and he had Bob Arum making terrible excuses about why this fight could not be made. I would have to believe that most of the country thought that Arum was the biggest roadblock for making the biggest fight in history. And then this happens. Floyd emails one of the anchors on SportsCenter about the phone conversation he had with Manny Pacquiao.
"He asked about a 50/50 split and I told him no that can't happen, but what can happen is you can make more money fighting me than you have made in your whole career. I also let him know I'm in control on my side but he needs to get on the same page with his promoter so we can make this fight happen."
After reading that statement you should slam your face into your hands and repeat as needed. With that statement we all know that this fight has no chance of happening by the May 5th deadline. Everyone knows that the only way this fight happens is if both fighters agree to a 50/50 split. Even if Pacquiao agrees to a worse split, there is no way that Arum signs a deal that has Floyd Mayweather taking more of the pot than him.
If you are going to have a conversation like this, don't email ESPN and tell them about it Floyd. This makes you look absolutely terrible. You took all of the good PR that you had and flushed it down the drain. Everyone is going to blame you because you are greedy and you want more of the pot. Congratulations, Floyd. Way to screw the pooch on this one. In light of this information do you think either Floyd or Arum should shoulder most of the blame?