Oscar De La Hoya weighs in on Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight

Posted Feb 7, 2015 by Marcus Hondro
Retired fighter Oscar De La Hoya is not involved in negotiations between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, but he knows both fighters and obviously knows the fight game. He has thoughts on what may be in a fight contract between the two.
Oscar De La Hoya
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De La Hoya could move Alvarez fight
De la Hoya believes, as most do, that broadcasting is still being worked out. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said yesterday that there are but two issues remaining between the two sides and while some feel Arum making statements about the fight publicly won't help get a contract, De La Hoya disagrees. Arum, he said, can't help but be a positive.
"Bob is a smart guy; a very smart guy," De La Hoya told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports this week. "He knows what it takes to make a big fight and how to put a big fight together. If he's talking he must think there is a good reason to do it. That's how I see it. I don't think that should have any (impact on) the negotiations."
He manages fellow-Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez and has Alvarez slated to fight May 2 against James Kirkland. He said the only fight that would get him to move his fight would be Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, rumored to be on May 2 if a deal is signed. If the fight doesn't go, De La Hoya will keep his guy on track for May 2.
"I want to be very clear and straightforward about that," he told Yahoo. "Canelo is fighting on May 2. Period. Now, if the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight happens, that's the fight we'll move for, and we have May 9 on hold for that. But that's it. Otherwise, no matter what else may go on on May 2, Canelo will be fighting Kirkland in Texas on that date. You can bank on it."
Fought both Mayweather and Pacquiao
De La Hoya, who had a 31-0 record at one point, lost four of his final seven fights in boxing and finished his career at 39-6. His third to last fight was against Mayweather, with Mayweather winning, and the last fight of his career was against Pacquiao on Dec. 6, 2008, with Pacquiao winning.
The 42-year-old told Yahoo money split was never an issue when he fought Mayweather, though he believes it may be for this current fight being negotiated. He says Pacquiao commands nearly as many pay-per-view buys as Mayweather and believes when announced the split won't be too one-sided.
"I think when I fought Mayweather, I got an 80-20 split," the said. "You have to remember, at that point, Mayweather was not really an established pay-per-view star and I was. The leverage at that point was all on my side. I had been selling a lot of pay-per-view for a long time and so I had the upper hand.
"But it's different with Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, in my opinion. Manny Pacquiao, let's be honest, he's already a pay-per-view star, too. He's done big numbers. So it's not the same in my opinion as it was when I was negotiating to fight Mayweather because of that
"If you look at Mayweather's numbers closely, I think you have to set aside the fight with Canelo Alvarez, which did 2.2 million sales, because that was a special case and after that, they're pretty close in what they sell, even if Mayweather is a little ahead of Pacquiao."
That split has been reported as 60-40 Mayweather over Pacquiao, with broadcasting being the sticking point. If that split holds it sounds like it will be tilted more in favor of Mayweather than Oscar De La Hoya would have thought would be the case.