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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