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Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Does Manny deserve 'B-side' treatment?

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In a recent interview with boxing publicist Ben Thompson of FightHype.com, Floyd Money Mayweather made it known that he fully intends to inculcate the idea that he currently is and will remain the overwhelming "A-side" while negotiating pre-fight terms with Team Pacquiao for a projected super fight in 2015.

For any fight fans or ringside observers who aren't exactly sure what constitutes an "A-side" and a "B-side" at the negotiating table, the 37 year old prizefighter attempted to break down the philosophy behind the bargaining tactic.

"Everybody wants to know what is the A-side and the B-side," stated Floyd Mayweather Jr. "Oscar De la Hoya was the A-side before our fight because he made more money than me at the time and I had to respect it."


"He chose the weight, he chose the gloves, he chose the arena...basically he chose everything. All I had to do was show up. He chose the judges, he chose the referee, and my job was to show up as the B-side, and do what I had to do to become the A-side...so I could eventually call those same shots that Oscar De la Hoya called when we faced each other."

But before Floyd's historic meeting with boxing's Golden Boy in May of 2007, the artist formerly known as "Pretty Boy Floyd" had only appeared in three pay-per-view events, pitted against the late Arturo Gatti, two division world champion Zab Judah, and former lineal Welterweight champ Carlos Baldomir.

Although recognized as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the sport, circa 2007, Floyd's career high payday leading into the massively lucrative "Fight of the Millennium" was only $8 million dollars.

That was then...and this is now.

Since Oscar's retirement in 2008, "Money" Mayweather has gone on to surpass the Golden Boy in terms of gross PPV earnings with a staggering $821,265,000, becoming the sport's all time PPV money maker.

So does this mean that Floyd should undoubtedly call the shots throughout the entire negotiation process and be viewed as the overwhelming A-side when pitted against Manny Pacquiao?

Not so fast.

Floyd's PPV earnings aren't the only figures that have skyrocketed since 2007.

Since becoming a PPV commodity back in 2005 with his epic battle against Eric Morales, Manny Pacquiao has fought in 19 consecutive PPV events, surpassing the Golden Boy's impressive PPV total return of $696,796,000, with an astounding $734,186,000 in gross PPV proceeds.

Although the Pacman hasn't eclipsed the 1 million purchase mark since December of 2012, and is coming off of his lowest PPV performance since stopping David Diaz in 2008, Manny Pacquiao is a global superstar and a proven money maker at the PPV box office.

So does Floyd really deserve to call the shots in this mammoth showdown with Pacquiao in 2015?

The all time PPV king seems to think so.

"He (Pacquiao) is in a very, very tight spot," claims Floyd Mayweather Jr. "He's lost to Marquez, and he's lost to Bradley. His PPV numbers are extremely low, so he's desperate. Of course we have to fight on Showtime PPV because Showtime Championship Boxing is number one."

"Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao have been ducking us for years. They're begging for the same money, but that's not going to happen."
 
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