Money and the fact that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are alpha males are reasons why the two camps have been unable to reach an accord despite the enormous pressure for them to make a deal.
The World Boxing Council (WBC), the world’s leading organization for the sport, yesterday expressed disappointment over the failure to make the fight happen. Speaking from its headquarters in Mexico City, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said that it is imperative for Mayweather and Pacquiao to meet in the ring but “egos are the strongest obstacles for the fight.”
“I hope Mayweather-Pacquiao can happen. We understand it’s a business,” said Sulaiman, who took over the presidency after the death of his father and long-time WBC boss, Jose, last year.
Sulaiman added: “It’s a necessary fight, which should be done soon because the fans may get tired of waiting.”
No official word yet as to the progress of the supposed negotiations for the megabuck matchup to take place but Pacquiao’s camp remains hopeful that Mayweather softens up on some of his demands for the sake of the public.
A few weeks ago, Mayweather came out smoking, saying that for a Pacquiao fight to become reality, he has to be given full authority to call the shots in the promotion, adding that he–and not the Filipino icon–is the main draw.
Pacquiao has likewise made it clear that he is not after the money and that he is willing to take the smaller portion of the revenue although it is doubtful whether he’d be foolish enough to settle for crumbs.