Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao nearly agreed to fight each other in 2010, but due to Pacquiao's objection to Mayweather's request for drug testing, thereby throwing off the negotiations, it's estimated that the failed fight cost the Filipino star $100 million, according to Forbes.com.
Citing the monetary success of the Mayweather-Saul "Canelo" Alvarez bout last weekend—which will bring in an estimated $200 million in revenue—the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout that never happened would have grossed about that same amount, according to Forbes.
A 50-50 split of revenue would have meant both Mayweather and Pacquiao would have earned around $100 million each for their long talked about mega-fight.
With their careers headed in different directions, as Mayweather has continued his undefeated ways en route to a 45-0 record while Pacquiao has suffered two losses in that time span—including the devastating knockout loss to longtime foe Juan Manuel Marquez last year—it may seem that Pacquiao's shot at Mayweather is all but history.
Pacquiao will have a chance to give his career one last boost as he is scheduled to face Brandon Rios in Macau in November, but a strong showing will be needed if Pacquiao wants to have his name mentioned among the best in boxing at this time.
A poor showing, or even worse, a loss, will all but eliminate the Pac-Man's chances at a mega-fight as his career will take a huge hit if he doesn't shine on Nov. 24.
Timothy Bradley, who beat Pacquiao via a highly controversial split-decision in 2012, recently said he would consider giving Pacquiao a rematch if he beats Rios (per ABS-CBNnews.com).
Although Mayweather has given several different answers over the past year on if he'll ever fight Pacquiao, the fact remains that as long as Pacman is with Bob Arum and Top Rank, there will never be a Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown.
So, until Pacquiao is no longer doing business with Top Rank, all the Mayweather-Pacquiao talk is just a dream that will never come true.
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