Manny sends a prayer of an offer to Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
According to the Daily Mail, Manny Pacquiao is offering Floyd Mayweather a split where each fighter would take 30% and the remaining 40% would be given to the winner. Before even thinking about this type of offer, let's remind ourselves of several facts. Manny Pacquiao does not set the terms for this fight, Bob Arum does. The same is not true for the relationship between Floyd and Golden Boy. From what I can see, it seems like Floyd hires GBP to do the promotional aspect of the fight, so GBP is technically Floyd's employee. Manny Pacquiao is an employee of Top Rank and therefore Top Rank makes the negotiation decisions. That being said, we can still look at this deal as a potential offer, even though it is not one technically.
Let's assume that the total revenue from this fight is around $300 million. This would mean that each fighter would be guaranteed $90 million, which is a stupid huge amount, and the winner would get an extra $120 million. If the fight went to a decision, then the judges would be in charge of a staggering $120 million. All of us have seen our share of terrible judging, so why is anyone comfortable with this concept?
Most boxing experts thought that Juan Manuel Marquez narrowly beat Manny Pacquiao, yet Manny Pacquiao still got the win. Imagine the outrage if there was $120 million on the line? Hell, even if only $5 million were on the line, there will still be a gigantic amount of outrage coming from the Marquez camp. Leaving any amount of money in the hands of the judges opens questions about the integrity and expertise of each judge.
How do we know whom the "best" judges for this type of fight? There are tons of questions that come into play once a large amount of money is directly dependent on the judges' decision. That being said, would you guys like to see some sort of prizefighting system implemented in boxing, where the winner would get a larger share than the loser?