QUOTE (Eighty88Eight @ Sep 7 2011, 07:45 AM)
Shall we assume Pac is at fault because Ben Thompson says so? First off, there isn't much to deduce from Pac's comments other than that negotiations seem to be currently underway, and that profits and purse sharing are being discussed. We don't know that there is an issue, we don't know if Pac is actually demanding more money, and we don't know if it is actually Mayweather who is demanding a bigger cut of the purse. Mayweather did, after all, rescind his initial offer of a 14 day cut off. Perhaps now he has rescinded his offer of a 50/50 split, seeing that his PPV's and live gates are consistently bigger.
I don't know what your bolded argument has to do with anything. Mayweather had always stated, as early as after he dismantled Mosley (or even earlier, IIRC,) that all previous concessions were off the table. Those who had ears, let them hear. It was not as if Pacquiao agreed to Mayweather's own only key demand and then Mayweather changed his stand. If during a negotiation sequence you walked off the table, there is no guarantee in hell the same conditions would still be there if you cunningly return to the negotiating table about 18 months later.
As a matter of fact, I won't be surprised if the $10mil/Lb overweight (on fight night?) penalty clause against Mayweather which Mayweather agreed to without hassles the first time, has also been off the table. Things like that would not amount to a hard stance, it would just show the nature of negotiations.