By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao is steadfast in not agreeing to face Ricky Hatton if he doesn’t get the bigger slice of the pie in the revenue sharing. “If it’s 50-50, forget about it (the fight),” Pacquiao told Manila Bulletin and Fightnews late Thursday afternoon. “If I agree on the offer of 50-50, it would not look good on me. I made a sacrifice when I agreed to fight De La Hoya for a smaller percentage. But not this time. I will be the laughing stock if I agree to the 50-50 sharing,” said Pacquiao, who offically became boxing’s biggest draw when he stopped Oscar De La Hoya last December.
Arum has made an annoucement in the US about the fight taking place on May 2 in Las Vegas after he persuaded key figures inside Pacquiao’s camp about the logic of accepting an equal sharing.
“I was enlightened and Mr. Arum explained it clearly why Manny has to accept the 50-50 sharing,” Wakee Salud said, one of Pacquiao’s advisers.
Arum said Hatton’s huge popularity in the United Kingdom will translate into enormous pay-per-view buys that will be equally shared by the two fighters, unlike in the past when everything went to Hatton’s pocket.
Informed about the deadline imposed by Arum for Pacquiao to decide once and for all, Pacquiao just shrugged it off.
“What deadline? What do they think of me? I’m easy-to-get? What if I impose my own deadline on them?”
Still, Pacquiao remains open about the fight being saved. “As long as it’s not 50-50, it’s okay with me,” said Pacquiao.