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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pacquiao seeks 65-35 purse split in proposed Cotto fight

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Manny Pacquiao insisted on Monday night that the Filipino boxing superstar get the bigger share of the pie in his proposed fight with Miguel Cotto, while stressing the catch weight should be between 144 to 145 pounds.

“We’ll not accept the fight if it is not going to be a 65-35 split in our favor," said Pacquiao's lawyer Franklin Gacal, who was with the world’s pound-for-pound king during the ribbon-cutting rite for a downtown hotel and casino in Manila together with chief of staff Jake Joson and business manager Eric Pineda.

Trainer Freddie Roach has also been batting for a bigger share for Pacquiao, even raising the ante by declaring that the General Santos City native deserves a 70-30 purse split.

Gacal, meanwhile, said that a catch weight lower than 144-145, if possible, would even be better for them.

“Kung puwede pa ngang mag-142, e di pipigain pa namin yan," he said of the wishful thinking, well aware that Cotto is definitely not going down lower than 144 and has not fought below the welterweight limit of 147 since 2006.

Pacquiao kept his silent for most of the time, opting to take a look first at the proposal laid out by Top Rank Promotions’ Bob Arum to his Canadian adviser Michael Koncz.

Koncz had a meeting with Arum over the weekend at the promoter’s home in Las Vegas and has yet to present to Pacquiao the details of the proposal.

But Pacquiao apparently wants the fight to be held on October 17 and not November 14 as scheduled by Arum.

He intends to start training at the Wild Card gym by mid-August should Arum accede to his request for an earlier ring return.

Source: gmanews.tv

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