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WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of the US, left, exchange punches during their world welterweight title boxing match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he so desperately craved, battering Algieri around the ring at will Sunday on his way to a decision win in one of the most lopsided welterweight title fights imaginable. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
MACAU – The camp of Manny Pacquiao assured Floyd Mayweather that they’re willing to give in to possible demands by the American fighter if that’s what it takes to make a megabuck showdown happen.
Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz made the assurance on behalf of the Filipino icon, saying his client would even agree to let Mayweather get the bulk of the money involved in the fight.
“We’re very reasonable,” Koncz said after Pacquiao routed Chris Algieri Sunday at the Cotai Arena inside The Venetian Macao here in a fight that saw the challenger get knocked down a jaw-dropping six times.
“I don’t want to throw numbers out because that is going to hurt our negotiation. But we’re very reasonable. We’re not expecting to get the lion’s share and if we have to give a little bit to get the fight, then we’ll do it,” he added.
Interest about a Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown once again reached an all-time high following Pacquiao’s dominant performance, with Top Rank chief Bob Arum expressing optimism that the super bout can be made in the next six months.
Pacquiao himself declared he wants the fight – and this time he is pressing hard for it unlike before. He called out Mayweather at Sunday’s post-fight presser and prior to that, he even starred in a Foot Locker commercial alluding to a much-awaited clash with Mayweather.
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But Koncz stressed everything is still up to the undefeated Mayweather, widely recognized as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the planet today.
“If this fight is going to happen, it’s because Floyd wants it to happen,” Koncz continued. “It’s not going to matter what we want, it’s not going to matter what HBO wants, what Arum wants, or what (former Golden Boy CEO Richard) Schaefer wants. The fight is going to happen because Floyd wants it.”
“We’ve been trying to get this fight done for the past six or five years. So until I hear something from Floyd, I don’t hold high hopes,” he also said.