Holyfield: Pac can take Money

Evander
‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield agreed with the camp of ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Manny
Pacquiao that Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr’s demand for a 60-40 cut in revenues
if they eventually fight is unreasonable.

Holyfield,
a five-time world heavyweight champion, said Pacquiao is expected to draw more
people into a fight than Mayweather, which is why he should settle for purse parity.

“Pacquiao
has a big crowd of people that wants to see him win because of his good
attitude,” Holyfield said. He added one reason for the boxing community’s
interest in a Pacquiao-Mayweather match is that it’s shaping up as a battle
between good and bad.

“When
people see Pacquiao, they look at him as the good guy; they want to see him win
morally. These are the people that don’t like Mayweather, so what makes this
fight big is the ultimate good and evil,” he said.

Holyfield
is best remembered for his heavyweight clashes with Mike Tyson, whom he stopped
by technical knockout in their 1996 match to win the World Boxing Association
heavyweight crown.

They
had a rematch the following year that ended in controversial fashion after
Tyson bit him in both ears in the third round. A portion of Holyfield’s right
ear was bitten off.

He
remains a sort of world champion at 47, currently holding the insignificant
World Boxing Federation heavyweight title.

Holyfield
thinks that while Mayweather is better than Pacquiao in terms of boxing skills,
the Filipino champ’s courage could get him the victory. “On paper you always
give it to Mayweather, but on personal ability and in a guy that fights through
and through, you would say Pacquiao. This is what makes this fight a toss-up,”
he said.

“Whoever
Pacquiao fights, he gives it his all. He’s not going to go in there and just
put on a show that’s not productive. I don’t think that 60-40 is going to
work.”

He
also frowned on his fellow American’s accusation that Pacquiao’s boxing success
has been fuelled by drug use. Mayweather’s camp had demanded Olympic-style drug
testing, which Pacquiao opposed. This led to the collapse of their earlier
negotiations. The Filipino later gave in to the demand, agreeing to undergo
blood testing 14 days before the fight, but that was still not good enough for
‘Money’, who wants testing on the day. That is why protracted negotiations for
the 13 November fight have stalled.

“Why
bring that steroid thing up? Either sit on the pot, or get off of the pot,”
said Mayweather. “If Manny is on something, they will catch him, but Mayweather
don’t make up the rules. Either fight the guy, or don’t.