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article imageOp-Ed: Mayweather needs to fight thrice to make half of Pacquiao revenue

By Leo Reyes     May 3, 2016 in Sports
If Floyd Mayweather is indeed coming out of retirement to pursue his stalled boxing career and to replenish his dwindling purse, he needs to fight at least three times to make at least 50 percent of 4.6 million buys he and Manny Pacquiao made last year.
Mayweather, who announced his retirement from boxing right after his fight against Andre Berto last Sept. 12, hinted Saturday at the DC Armory where he appeared as promoter of a weekend event featuring Badou Jack and Lucian Bute that he may consider a comeback after staying retired for a year.
"Everyone is asking me, 'Is Floyd Mayweather coming back?' Right now, I'm happy being on this side (promoting), but I've been talking with CBS and Showtime, and you just never know. But right now, I'm just happy on this side," Mayweather said.
Mayweather also mentioned that CBS/Showtime has been dangling a nine-figure purse that is up for grabs in possible comeback fights.
It may be recalled that Mayweather had signed a $200 million six-fight, 30 month contract with CBS/Showtime in 2013. Apparently it is a similar deal but with bigger monetary considerations depending on the lifetime of the new deal.
"As of right now, some crazy numbers have been thrown my way -- upwards, of course, nine figures,” Mayweather said.
“But I'm truly blessed beyond belief, and I really don't know what we're going to do. But right now, I'm really happy being on this side helping fighters," he added.
Mayweather's disclosure immediately becomes a hot topic of the day with sportswriters speculating on his next probable opponents.
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said it is obvious Mayweather is coming back and if he picks Pacquiao, there is a likelihood the fight will make at least 50 percent of the 4.6 million PPV buys which they did last year.
Floyd Mayweather chatting with Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather chatting with Manny Pacquiao
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"Obviously, he's coming back," Arum said of Mayweather. "And I can't see him making the kind of money he's talking about with anybody other than Manny."
"If they fight anybody else, there's going to be that hangover. If they fight each other, people will be attracted to the fight. It won't do what the last fight did, but it might do 50 percent of the last fight," he added.
Pacquiao, who announced his retirement from boxing after his impressive win over Timothy Bradley in their trilogy fight last April 9, is now approaching the homestretch of his campaign for a senate seat in the Philippines in a general election scheduled for May 9, 2016.
Pacquiao is virtually elected as a senator after landing at the No.3 spot in the latest SWS survey.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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