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article imageOp-Ed: Why Pacquiao won't get 60-40 in his favor for Mayweather rematch

By Leo Reyes     Apr 9, 2015 in Sports
There is persistent and widespread talk going on in sports and entertainment circles that Floyd Mayweather could lose against Manny Pacquiao in their "Fight of the Century" on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev..
In the event that such talks becomes a reality, Mayweather will most likely ask Pacquiao for a rematch to validate who between them is the better fighter.
To erase any doubt in the mind of the fans about Mayweather's claim that he is "the best ever" in the sport (TBE) — as he would prefer to be known — he likewise needs to give Pacquiao a rematch in the event that he is victorious in the first fight.
Regardless of who between them is declared winner in their first encounter on May 2, a rematch needs to take place not just to validate their claim to excellence in the sport but the fans would definitely want to see them put closure to their long-running ring rivalry.
While Mayweather had sent feelers that there won't be a rematch in the event that he wins over Pacquiao on May 2, he would likely succumb to the pressure from the sponsoring networks which could find the second fight even more lucrative for their business.
Likewise, Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, would just be too willing to cooperate with the networks (HBO and CBS/Showtime) for another financial windfall.
For as long as the fans enjoy watching them in the ring, Mayweather, Pacquiao and heir promoters will just be too willing to give them another show.
It must be understood though that despite Mayweather's show of "arrogance" when he proclaimed himself and his camp as the A-Side and Pacquiao's camp the B-Side, he nonetheless should be credited for his exceptional marketing prowess for having exceeded revenue expectations of the fight which is unprecedented in recent history of the sport.
Mayweather justified his being the A-Side as he talked of his unbeaten career record.
“I’ve fought for over 30 years. I’ve been a professional now 19 years, you know, and world champion 18 years, and I’m not scared of any fighter,” Mayweather told Ben Thompson of fighthype.com. “The thing is this, I feel that I earned the right to be the A-side.”
Mayweather does not mind if he is on the receiving end of criticisms for his actions as long as he gets maximum media exposure which would help in promoting the event that would later translate to more revenues for the fight.
Mayweather knows very well the business side of boxing and for his expertise in this area, he still deserves to get 50 percent of the purse in a rematch in the event that he loses the first fight to Pacquiao.
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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