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Manny Pacquiao Agrees to Fight Floyd Mayweather, Finally. Who Will Win?

Mon., Jan. 16, 2012 5:03 PM EST
by Terry Shropshire

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have been fighting for years via the airwaves. Now they are going to finally going to swing in the ring. After years of finger-pointing, accusations, twitter beefing and too many stops and starts to recall, Pacquiao has agreed to knuckle up with undefeated Mayweather this May in Las Vegas, reports Cleveland radio station WZAK.

“To all of my fans…Mayweather just needs to agree to and accept a 50 percent split, and if he does, then the fight will go through. He’s the one who needs to agree,” the concrete-knuckled Pac Man said. “He’s the one who has to say yes. The reason is because he talks to a lot of people. He has a lot of representatives. If he takes the fight, he can make $50-to-60 million. That’s how much he can make.”

Last week, “Pretty Boy Floyd” screamed from his Twitter account calling for a piece of Pacquiao. There was urgency in his words that was not just chest-pumping and muscle-flexing. Through some legal acrobatics [and maybe even some palm-greasing] Mayweather managed to delay his 90-day jail sentence until June. He was convicted of domestic violence against the mother of his children and was originally ordered to report to jail at the top of January.

Pac Man, for his part, is ready to go to blows in what will be one of the most anticipated and lucrative sporting events in American history.

“I want to fight him,” Pacquiao says. “This is the fight the world wants. Mayweather wants a guaranteed purse, so what he has to do is get a promoter who can give him the guarantee,” Pacquiao added. “I don’t have problems getting a guarantee because I have a promoter who will give me my guaranteed purse. If he gets a guarantee, then we are going to share the revenue on a 50-50 basis.”
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