By Rick Reeno
Trainer and ESPN's 'Friday Night Fights' analyst Teddy Atlas, spoke to BoxingScene.com about the escalating situation to make a welterweight mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
After weeks of debating on the date and other related issues, the two boxers are at odds over the revenue split. During a recent telephone conversation, Mayweather advised Pacquiao that a 50-50 revenue split was "not going to happen" for a potential May 5th fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Atlas, who supported Mayweather for the majority of his campaign to make this fight, and supported Mayweather's position to have Pacquiao undergo a random drug testing protocol - does not agree with Mayweather's unwillingness to provide Pacquiao with an even split of the money.
"I think that at the end of the day, everybody has a little bit of bullsh*t in them - to be honest with you - everybody. I've given Mayweather the benefit of the doubt and I've been on his side in some areas, which has been an unpopular side to be on, but I have [been on his side] because I thought it was right to be on that side. But with all the bullsh*t back and forth, and there has been plenty of it in both courts, you can't say that you refuse to go 50-50 if you're Mayweather. You just can't do it,” Atlas told BoxingScene.com.
“At the end of the day, if you want someone to believe, in earnest, that you want this fight then there are a lot of things that you can say that the other side hasn't done and you can point a finger at and make a case on, but this is not one of them. You can't say that you want the fight and then say that you refuse to give 50-50 to probably the biggest name in boxing right now."
"I don't think anybody can make a case, if they are being honest and they are really sober, on how they are not going to give 50-50 to Pacquiao. And you are talking about the guy who right now is the biggest engine in boxing. That's a losing argument. I don't see any way that he can win an argument, that he should get more than 50-50. To be honest with you, if you're Mayweather, I think he should be happy to get 50-50, because he's getting 50-50 in probably the biggest money fight in the history of the sport. That's doing good."
Mayweather's supports his position by pointing to a past comment made by Pacquiao, who during a recent interview with a Philippines newspaper, said he was willing to take less money to make a Mayweather fight. Atlas believes Mayweather is making a mistake by bringing up comments that were in the past, because the other side could take the same position.
"If he's going to go down that road, I don't think that's a road that Mayweather wants to travel down because there are a lot of things that Mayweather said in the past that he doesn't want to be held to. I'm sure there are a lot of things that Mayweather said in the past that he wants to forget," Atlas said.