'Floyd may want to fight Pacquiao now'
MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be more willing to negotiate a mega-fight with Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao after the Filipino fighter's shocking loss to Timothy Bradley Jr. last Saturday in Las Vegas.
This, according to sports analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz.
Pacquiao lost his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight to Bradley after the American was awarded the victory via split decision, a result which was quickly derided by boxing experts and fans worldwide.
Speaking on ANC's "Headstart," Nathanielsz said Pacquiao's loss to Bradley may spur Mayweather to renew negotiations for the mega-fight.
"Mayweather may decide after watching this fight, saying, 'You know, if Bradley can escape from being knocked out by this guy, maybe I can do the same thing,'" he said.
Mayweather did not watch the fight as he is serving an 87-day jail sentence for a guilty plea to a 2010 domestic violence charge at the Clark County Detention Center in Nevada.
However, according to Nathanielsz, Mayweather now has the advantage in the negotiations after Pacquiao sustained another loss in his record.
"He's got everything going for him. He may decide to accept a fight with Pacquiao," he said. "The problem here is Pacquiao on his record has lost a fight, and Mayweather will never go 50-50."
"He will demand more," Nathanielsz added.
The analyst is referring to the split of the pay-per-view (PPV) revenue, which proved to be a thorny issue in the latest rounds of negotiations between the two camps when they last talked earlier this year.
Mayweather offered Pacquiao a guarantee of $40 million, with no share of the PPV revenue, but the Filipino refused the offer as he wanted an equal share.
"Manny will be willing to say, 'We'll do 45-45, and the extra 10 will go to the winner.' That's fair," Nathanielsz said.
Another advantage for Mayweather is that the judges in Las Vegas have "always been sympathetic" to him, said Nathanielsz.
"Mayweather never fights outside Las Vegas. He lives there. That's his heart and soul. So he knows no matter who are the judges, he'll have the edge over Pacquiao," he said.
Mayweather is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto last May 5. He reported to jail on June 1.