PROOF that he is more than willing to face Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao is ready to give in to every demand by his American rival as much as he can just to make one of the biggest fights in boxing history happen.
Ilocos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson, a longtime adviser and member of Pacquiao’s inner circle, said the Filipino boxing great from General Santos City is ready to defer to whatever Mayweather demands – of course, as long as things are reasonable – just for the two of them to finally get together in the ring.
“Maski ano nga, okay kay Manny, matuloy lang. So depende lahat 'yan, kailangang hintayin natin ang ide-demand ni Mayweather,” Singson shared to Spin.ph on Monday.
Yes, even to the extent of Top Rank promoter Bob Arum being kept out of the negotiating table if Mayweather would so demand.
Mayweather and Arum have not been seeing eye-to-eye since the bitter fall-out between the boxing superstar and veteran promoter seven years ago.
“Depende 'yan sa kundisyon ni Mayweather. Sinasabi niya na gusto niya (ng laban at negosasyon), pero ayaw niya si Bob Arum (sa usapan). Kung ayaw niya si Bob Arum, e di wala si Boby Arum,” Singson added.
Singson revealed Arum has long been aware of the likely possibility of him stepping aside just to appease Floyd and lure him into a fight with Pacquiao.
Ever vocal, the 37-year-old Mayweather has long been saying a fight with Pacquiao won’t happen if Arum continues to promote the eight-time world division champion.
“Pwede talaga nating pakiusapan si Arum na huwag munang makialam. Pero pwede siyang tumulong. Alam na ni Arum 'yan. Publicly, ina-announce ni Mayweather na walang laban kung andyan si Arum,” he said.
“Willing na si Arum na mag-step aside eh.”
“So kung nagbago isip niya (Mayweather), makikialam si Bob Arum … okay. Kung hindi magbago, okay pa rin,” added the long-serving Ilocos Sur governor.
Pacquiao has been with Arum since 2006 and just renewed his contract with Top Rank until 2016.
Sports Radio boxing commentator Renato Lirio said money obviously had to do with the parting of ways of Mayweather and Arum, the likely reason Mayweather wants Arum out of the fight that could potentially go down as the richest in boxing history.
“Greedy kasi talaga si Maywather. Pera ang ugat niyan (galit). Ayaw niya na makahati si Arum sa kikitain nung laban nila ni Pacquiao,” Lirio said.
“Kung tutuusin wala namang dapat ikagalit si Mayweather kay Arum eh. Malaki nga utang na loob niya kay Arum eh,” added Lirio, mentioning that Mayweather’s multi-million dollar fight with Oscar Dela Hoya in 2007 was made possible through Arum, who still held the rights to Floyd’s fights during that time.
“Top Rank pa may hawak sa kanya nun. Pinag-bigyan siya ni Arum, nagpa waive si Arum sa last promotional rights niya. Ni-release siya ni Arum. Yun dapat ang last promotional fight niya sa Top Rank eh. Kaya wala siyang dapat ikagalit eh,” said Lirio about one the riches fights in boxing annals which saw Mayweather collect a cool US$35-million purse.
Should Arum inhibit himself from being involved in the Pacquiao-Mayweather talks, Singson believes it should be the Pacman himself, along with adviser Michael Konz, who have to negotiate on his behalf.
“Si Michael Koncz (Pacquiao’s business manager) na siguro, saka si Manny mismo,” he said while at the same time, hinting he might also have a role in the negotiations.
Singson, however, is keeping his expectations in check until Mayweather has finally signed the fight contract.
“May pag-asa ngayon 'yan. Pero nangyari na rin yan nung araw eh. Pumayag siya (Mayweather) sa laban, tapos biglang aayaw. Di tayo nakakasiguro hangga’t hindi siya pumipirma,” said Singson.
“So mag-aantay lang kami. Duwag naman kasi si Mayweather eh. Nag-a-avoid lagi eh. Pero ngayon tingin ko hindi na niya maiiwasan si Manny kasi tao na ang may gusto eh. Sabi nga sa buong mundo: 'Everybody’s in except Mayweather,'” added the outspoken politician.
Konz earlier vowed to make the negotiations convenient as possible for Mayweather as they are willing to give in to almost everything the brash American will be demanding, including blood testing, fight purse, and the fight venue.
Although amenable to all of these, Singson however, said they will insist on at least a 40-60 revenue split.
“Wag naman sanang masyado malaki sa kanya. Huwag namang ma-agrabyado si Manny. Dapat nga si Manny ang mas malaki, dahil siya ang mas marketable. Si Mayweather, namimili lang ng kalaban 'yan,” he said.
Rex ‘Wakee’ Salud, another Pacquiao confidante, agreed with Singson, saying that while the Pacquaio camp may not demand a $40 million fight purse, it will definitely insist on a 40-60 split.
“40-60 split okay na kami. Kung 35-65, masyado nang maliit 'yun. Magulang kasi si Mayweather eh. Saka wala naman nang mapupuntahan yang dalawa. Hindi na bebenta pay per view nila kung di sila ang mismong maglalaban,” said Salud.
Here's a podcast of the full interview with Singson: