Manny Pacquaio has once again claimed to be desperate to fight Floyd Mayweather and accused his rival of offering a deal that he knew would not be accepted.
A meeting between Pacquiao and Mayweather has been craved by boxing fans for years now, but, despite claims from both fighters that they want it to happen, an agreement appears as far away as ever.
And in an interview to promote Pacquiao's WBO welterwight title bout with TImothy Bradley in Las Vegas on June 9, the Filipino fighter says that the latest financial deal offered by Mayweather was absurd.
He offered me $40 million, and no pay-per-view [money], Pacquiao said, in the interview with Yahoo Sports. No pay-per-view. Can you believe that? Would you do that? Come on. What would he say if I offered him $50 million--not $40 million, $50 million--and said 'No pay-per-view. Take this money and be happy, but no pay-per-view.' He wouldn't do it, either.
The pay-per-view revenue for a Pacquiao-Mayweather contest has been estimated at upwards of $160 million, according to Yahoo Sports.
The matchup first broke down when Mayweather made a requirement that Pacquiao agree to submit random drug testing. Pacquiao's camp refused claiming it would disturb preparations to have blood drawn immediately before the fight, according to ESPN.
Such demands have fuelled Pacquiao's belief that Mayweather is ducking the fight.
He talks, he says all this, but you know what: He doesn't want the fight, Pacquiao claimed to Yahoo Sports. I want the fight. I'm the one who has wanted this fight all along.
Despite momentum once again building for a bout between the two best pound-for-pound boxers of their generation at the turn of the year, hopes were scuppered when Mayweather announced he would be fighting Miguel Cotto on May 5.
I told him, 'OK, 50-50 [with the money] and I'll agree to everything else,' Pacquiao said. I told him I would agree to all of the other things he was demanding. Everything. Even the blood testing he wanted, I would do it. But it had to be 50-50.
It appears as if time could be running out for a deal to be reached. Pacquiao has recently talked about hanging up his gloves as a result of his growing Catholic convictions.
Boxing, for me, hitting each other is not good, he said in an interview with the Vancouver Sun. So I was thinking I'm not going to stay long in boxing.
Commenting on his more religiously-devoted lifestyle, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said he would assess his fighter's hunger when he gets into training camp.
We'll get ready for the fight. If it's not there, it's not there, and I'll probably tell him to retire, he said, according to the Vancouver Sun.
The 33-year-old did offer a glimmer of hope that there could still be time for one last mega-rich fight with Mayweather, though.
Maybe I can fight one more. I don't know, he suggested.
Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) won a controversial points decision against Juan Manuel Marquez last time out.