Manny Pacquiao vs Danny Garcia: "I never talked to Danny Garcia...I don't know what the f*** he's talking about"
It was recently reported by several respected periodicals that Danny Garcia claimed to have turned down what would have been a career high payday from Manny Pacquiao's Hall of Fame promoter, Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank Inc.
"My Dad told me that an offer was made, around $3 or 4 million," the current WBC Welterweight champion told USA Today on Friday, July 15.
While providing commentary for Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday evening in Birmingham, Alabama, Danny Swift clarified his position on the matter when approached by internet based correspondent Dontae Williams.
"I never said no," Garcia stated to "Dontae's Boxing Nation". "You're not supposed to take the first offer they give you in business. If he really wants that fight to happen, he'll accept my offer."
"I ain't counting his(Manny Pacquiao's) money. He's gonna make like $30 million...but give me what I deserve, I'm a young champion. We didn't turn it down, we just asked for more money...then they said no. If they want the fight to happen, they can accept my offer."
Although the exact amount of Danny's "counter offer" was never discussed during the brief interview, Garcia appears to be looking for a larger figure than JMM's guaranteed purse of $3 million for "Pacquiao vs Marquez 4", which took place in December of 2012; while the Pacman was seemingly a much hotter commodity within the sport.
When confronted by USA Today on Sunday, July 17, concerning Garcia's statement, Bob Arum had a very different perspective on the supposed "negotiation".
"I never talked to Danny Garcia or anybody connected with Danny Garcia. So I don’t know what the f*** he’s talking about,” exclaimed the 84 year old fight promoter.
“It’s like mental masturbation. It really is. I guess they’re desperate to get an article written about them, I don’t know.
“I’ve never even talked to Danny or his father, or anyone connected with them. The only thing I discussed with Haymon was Broner.”
Although both parties ostensibly have conflicting stories about a potential bout between Pacquiao and Garcia, the Top Rank CEO is convinced the Filipino Senator will make his return to the professional ring later this year.
"Against whom," seems to be the most dire question at this point in time.
Bob's list of leading candidates include the winner of this weekend's PPV bout between Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol, or current WBO Welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas.
"If Manny wants to win a world title, Jessie Vargas; whose head isn’t up his ass as far as the money," stated Bob Arum to USA Today. "He realizes what is realistic money on PPV now, which isn’t what it was before. Hopefully this coming week we’ll have a solid date and venue and then we’ll announce an opponent and be off and running."
"But Manny is definitely coming back."
That seems to be where the breakdown occurs when negotiating a purse amount with young fighters like Broner and Garcia.
Neither of the two aforementioned athletes have ever headlined a major PPV event, nor seem to have a realistic understanding of what the current PPV market is capable of generating, post May vs. Pac.
Perhaps Uncle Al should start advising his clients on the current state of the slumping PPV platform before wasting anyone else's time in another fruitless negotiation.
Otherwise, fight fans should look forward to another Manny Pacquiao vs. (enter random Top Rank fighter here) PPV event.