After Manny Pacquiao’s shocking KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night, there were a lot of reactions around the world. Obviously in the Philippines there was sadness because the face of their country was laying face down and motionless on the mat for the first time in over a decade. Other reactions were anger directed at Floyd Mayweather for “ducking” Pacquiao and not allowing the super fight between the two to come to fruition.
Many believe Mayweather did not want to ever really fight Pacquiao because he was scared of losing his undefeated 43 – 0 record in the ring. For the average fan who doesn’t have any idea how a boxing match is put together they sit back and say why don’t they just fight? Someone must be scared other wise it just doesn’t make any sense that both fighters won’t have a chance to step in the ring and duke it out.
The truth is these fights don’t happen because of feuds by the promoters that the fighters are under contract with. Top Rank Promotions is a company run by Bob Arum who basically invented the boxing promotions business, and it has exploded in recent years. Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Snooki, and rapper 50 cent all have their own boxing promotions companies with fighters signed under contract. The reason Pacquiao vs. Mayweather has not happened yet is fairly simple, Bob Arum and Floyd Mayweather are feuding and since Mayweather now has his own promotions company he refuses to let Arum set the terms of a fight.
Arum is known though out boxing to stack things in his favor and not pay the fighter near what they could get with other promotions, and in deals the other promotion company normally gets the short end of the deal as well. This does not only happen at the mega fight level, it’s something that happens all over boxing in just about every fight. Money is negotiated and split up for each fight, and the promoters are the primary negotiators for all of this. Another example of this can be seen in another fight that should be happening, but isn’t due to boxing politics. Arum’s Top Rank is also feuding with De La Hoya’s Golden Boy promotions, and it’s preventing a fight between Nonito Donaire and Abner Mares two of the top 10 pound for pound fighters in the world.
Here is an excerpt of a article showing you the inside politics that goes on in making a fight: “I think it’s important to maximize the money for the fighters. They deserve it. I do think there are some issues that I acknowledge, Bob is right. HBO invested a lot of money in Donaire and it’s not right for HBO to not have a big Donaire fight. But Mares was built by Showtime. All of his big fights were there. They invested substantially more than HBO did in Donaire, so it’s not really right for Showtime not to have the fight either.” – cnnsi.com
So, when people say Floyd Mayweather was “ducking” Pacquiao it doesn’t make much sense, Mayweather and Pacquiao stand to make substantial profits from that fight. The main issue is/was over who gets how much of the money, and that’s just about what every boxing promotion is over in the negotiating phase. If Pacquiao wasn’t with Top Rank and if Mayweather didn’t insist on controlling the money split the fight would have happened, but I don’t blame either side for trying to make as much money as they can.