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article imagePacquiao vs. Mayweather: Will purse sharing derail next talks?

By Leo Reyes     Jan 26, 2011 in Sports
Despite the postponement of the hearing on his court cases last January 24, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. may still land a fight with Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao within the year or early next year.
The possibility of the dream fight to happen soon got the needed boost from legendary promoter Don King, who said the fight between the two great boxers is "inevitable."
Legendary promoter Don King said during Tuesday's chat with Michael David Smith of FanHouse that he believed that a fight between six-time titlist Floyd Mayweather and southpaw eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao was "inevitable," even as King has recently wooed Mayweather and worked alongside promotional rival Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank Promotions, which handles Pacquiao, reports.
Negotiations to make a mega fight between Mayweather (41-0, 25 knockouts) and Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) have twice failed over the issue of drug testing, even though they were close to being completed, this when Mayweather was being promoted by Top Rank's bitter adversary, Golden Boy Promotions.
If indeed the fight is inevitable as promoter Don King believes, the issue of random drug test will again come in the way of future fight negotiations.
Mayweather insists Pacquiao must undergo Olympic-style random drug tests before he agrees to face the Filipino champion.
Pacquiao has agreed to a 14-day drug testing window but Mayweather wanted the tests to be done all the way up to the day of the fight.
No agreement was reached on the second wave of negotiations as Pacquiao moved on to face Antonio Margarito while Mayweather opted to take a leave for the rest of last year.
But another major issue is shaping up which has something to do with fight purse splits.
It appears Pacquiao won't go down to anything less than 50 percent of the purse. Mayweather insists he deserves a bigger share of the pie, being undefeated in his career. He also brags about his ability to generate more pay-per-view buys than anyone else in boxing.
On the other hand, Pacquiao supporters thinks he is a better draw, being the current pound-for-pound king aside from having won two successive fights against bigger opponents.
A loss by Pacquiao, though, against Mosley on May 7 will put the Filipino boxer on a defensive mode on the purse splits during the next negotiations.
Prior to Don King's statement saying the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is inevitable, Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he is going to fight Pacquiao, but he must first do the drug test.
"I'm gonna fight the Pacman when he is off the power pellets," he said in an interview after his court hearing where he asked the court for the postponement of the hearing to March 10.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao is scheduled to leave in two weeks for the US to promote his upcoming fight with Mosley, which will start at the Beverly Hills hotel in California.
The press tour will bring him to New York and Washington, where he may have an audience with US President Barack Obama.
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