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Mayweather says Pacquiao 'not one of the sharpest'

By Ronald Blum

AP Sports Writer


NEW YORK >> A trumpet blared a fanfare to introduce Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto as fans at the Apollo Theater cheered the start of Tuesday's news conference to promote their May 5 fight in Las Vegas.

Still, there appeared to be far more interest in the fight that's not happening — a matchup between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather made clear that whether they meet in the ring is about the money — breaking down the shares in what could be boxing's richest fight ever.

"Just by speaking to Pacquiao on the phone, I mean, he's not one of the sharpest knives in the drawer," Mayweather said. "He faces Floyd Mayweather, he's not getting 50-50. Not at all. No one is getting 50-50."

While Mayweather urged Pacquiao should "take the test," a reference to his demand for random drug testing, payout appears to be the real sore point between Mayweather on one side, and Pacquiao and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum on the other. Arum has said testing is not an issue.

"Bob Arum likes to match Top Rank fighters with Top Rank fights. He keeps all the money in house," Mayweather said.

This dispute has spilled into federal court. Pacquiao sued Mayweather for defamation in December 2009, alleging Mayweather falsely accused him of using performance-enhancing drugs. Pacquiao spent 12 hours in Las Vegas last week giving depositions in the case.

"If I offered him $30 million, he should be happy," Mayweather said. "If I offered him $30 million and I didn't give money on the back end, why should I? He's with Arum right now, and they're having problems. It's obvious he must not be getting money on the back end."

Mayweather says he's not ducking Pacquiao, who stopped Cotto in the 12th round of their November 2009 fight.

"If I'm scared and I'm a coward, why do you guys want to see me fight?" he said. "Do I want the Pacquiao fight? Absolutely. But it's going to be hard to make the fight because Arum is worried about getting money."

As boxing news conferences go, this was fairly tame. In the second of a series that began Monday in Puerto Rico and end Thursday in Los Angeles, Mayweather and Cotto praised each other and said they respected each other. Video projections proclaimed them "Ring Kings" and "Living Legends." They sat in tall chairs of red velvet with lions on the arm rests.

Mayweather was the snazzier, in white jeans, a black turtleneck sweater, sunglasses. There was bling on his left wrist, and the rapper 50 Cent was part of his onstage entourage. Cotto, who got the bigger cheers, was in a black suit, black shirt and striped tie.

Mayweather defended his Feb. 14 tweet, in which he said: "Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise."

Mayweather said most of the focus was on the second sentence and the first was largely ignored.

"Do I regret what I said? Absolutely not. I stand by what I said, and I meant what I said," Mayweather said.

Cotto, who has stopped all three of his opponents since losing a welterweight title fight to Pacquiao, thinks the 154-pound weight limit will favor him over Mayweather, who has boxed at lighter classes.

"Power is going to be on my side," Cotto said.

The fight, for the WBA super welterweight title, will take place in Las Vegas and will be televised by HBO pay-per-view. HBO plans a four-episode series leading up to the bout, with the first part to air April 14.

Mayweather is to begin a 90-day jail sentence on June 1 stemming from a domestic violence case.

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Tony96822 wrote:
Mayweather forgot who Jackie Robinson was and what happened when he broke into the Bigs. Probably doesn't even know. Just fight the Pacman already so Manny can turn him into chicken adobo. Then on the next rematch, Pac can call the shots.
on February 29,2012 | 04:49AM
Ripoff wrote:
floyd blah blah blah manny will turn u into the famous "filipino delicacy" that some would call animal cruelty
on February 29,2012 | 05:13AM
localguy wrote:
Notice how Mayweather's career is on a downhill slide, the trash talking increases. Sad, very sad. No class at all.
on February 29,2012 | 05:17AM
bender wrote:
It this could be the richest fight ever, then what is wrong with a 50-50 split? Right now Mayweather is getting 50% of nothing while both fighters grow older. Pretty soon they won't be able to attract the attention they now have. I'm frankly surprised that both of these guys are still around. I quit watching boxing 12 years ago and these guys were at the top of the heap then. I find it hard to believe that no younger guys have come along to replace them in those 12 years. I don't think it's the money, I dont think Mayweather wants to fight Pacquiao.
on February 29,2012 | 05:22AM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Mayweather is using his refusal to split the proceeds 50/50 as an excuse to chicken out of fighting Manny Pacquiao -- Let's face it Manny is too much man for Mayweather to handle, but Floyd's ego won't let him admit it. Floyd will always chicken out from fighting the Pacman -- too bad, it would be a great fignt.
on February 29,2012 | 11:13AM
false wrote:
Good drama, nothing else will come of it!
on February 29,2012 | 06:08AM
bullturd wrote:
Why is this man not serving his 90 days jail sentence, and how does he get away with all of his recorded family abuses? Go figgah.
on February 29,2012 | 06:38AM
mctruck wrote:
Let's see??....isn't fair-weather due to do some jail/prison-time real soon for displaying his man-li-ness on his wife?? If there's a sharp knife in the drawer, "fairweather" isn't one of them neither. Just a plain dumb-wit hoodlum.
on February 29,2012 | 08:04AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Yes. It seems that thugs like him are often rewarded with financial windfall. What does that say of our society?
on February 29,2012 | 09:57AM
mctruck wrote:
Actually???..the Pacman should refuse to fight a coward/woman beater because dat turd should be denied any financial benefits for his actions. That should send a very strong msg., to guys like FairWeather is our society.
on February 29,2012 | 11:49AM
wanakaloha wrote:
Mayweather is baluit, many will crack em and eat em like the little chicken he is.
on February 29,2012 | 08:27AM
808Cindy wrote:
Mayweather will serve jail time for beating his girlfriend. He shouldn't be allowed to box anymore, he is a woman beater! Make an example of this low life!
on February 29,2012 | 09:10AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I so agree with you.
on February 29,2012 | 09:56AM
entrkn wrote:
Pacquaio may not be the sharpest but he is way too sharp for Mayweather, the king of cowards.
on February 29,2012 | 09:47AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Here is a classic case of the "pot calling the kettle black". How many charges does Mayweather have? How many does Pacquiao have? Seems to me that Mayweather is the one that is not so sharp. He's just trying to garner publicity to remain relevant after dodging Pacuiao for so long.
on February 29,2012 | 09:55AM
poidragon wrote:
Better yet, why not have undertheweather "Mayweather" take the test and leave his hollow ego at the door! Pacquiao is not the one ducking behind excuses for a title fight, Floyd..............so it is way past time to put up or shut the hell up! How about we give him a new name? Floyd 'jailbird' Mayweather............? whose ego knows no bounds and even less brains to go around the bend and fart.........!
on February 29,2012 | 02:25PM
poidragon wrote:
Mayweather continues ducking Manny; knowing that he has 'way too much to lose' to ever sign a fight card!
on February 29,2012 | 02:27PM
djxcmb808 wrote:
He just Flawed Gayweather thats all!!! All Yaw Yaw!
on February 29,2012 | 08:08PM
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