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 Last update:  1/21/2009       Read more by Mark Vester            &
Pacquiao-Valero on Deck if Ricky Hatton Walks Away
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By Mark Vester

If the proposed May 2 showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton falls apart, undefeated puncher Edwin Valero is said to be on deck as the replacement opponent for Manny. Hatton's camp is tired of Pacquiao's continued demands for a higher percentage of the split. While Hatton's camp wanted an even 50-50 split, they budged a little for a 52-48 agreement in favor of Pacquiao, but the Filipino champion wants at least 55-45.

Speaking with BusinessMirror , Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said that Valero will be the man on deck if Pacquiao can't agree to a deal for Hatton. He feels that Manny is turning down a good deal and the fight with Valero would be much less.

“Sharing of revenue doesn’t matter with the economy nowadays. It’s the guarantee that counts. Manny’s guarantee is almost triple of what Hatton will get,” said Roach. “It’s a fight we don’t want to miss out on because if we don’t fight Hatton, we’re going to fight [Edwin] Valero for $2 million. We’re talking about a $15 million fight here.”

Roach would like to talk to Pacquiao, but says the fighter is not returning any of his phone calls. 

“If I can talk to Manny I can explain to him the reason the guarantee is important. Manny and Oscar [de la Hoya] did 1.4 million in pay-per-view in a bad economy which is very good. You’ve got to take the economy into consideration,” said Roach.

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comment by El Chicano, on 01-22-2009
Valero vs Pacquiao may not make as much as a Hatton fight, but it would be hella more exciting. Hatton holds too much.

comment by Senor Boxeo, on 01-22-2009
Maybe Pac-Man prefers Mayweather jr. or Mosley should he get past Margarito. Boxing is just as strategic out of the ring as it is in. Something to Ponder?:boxing:

comment by Hitman932, on 01-22-2009
[QUOTE=deevel79]Nice move Pac. Lose out on $20million for a mega fight with Hatton, so that u can make $3million fighting Valero. A guy that not 1 casual fan knows of.[/QUOTE] Boxing fans consistently rip fighters for thinking or talking solely about money. Floyd Mayweather has been...

comment by KJB, on 01-22-2009
Valero is clearly a talented fighter, but I would have preferred to see him prove it in the ring before getting this kind of fight. This is definitely a fun action fight, although it leaves a bit to be desired with all the talk of Pacman vs Hatton and Mayweather.

comment by JAS_JAS, on 01-22-2009
suddenly pac has no options? where did this come from? even before the dela hoya fight the PACMAN has many options and many fighters want to fight him. thats why boxing has become so greedy because no one takes pride in their achievements like pacman is doing now. **** ricky hatton he aint wort...

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