Hawaii attorney taking swing at Pacquiao - Mayweather fight

Hawaii attorney taking swing at Pacquiao - Mayweather fight
Michael Green
Michael Green
Herbert Minn
Herbert Minn

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's the boxing match promoters salivate over and fans dream of - thunder fisted Manny Pacquiao versus crafty and quick Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"This is the biggest fight in the history of boxing," defense attorney Michael Green said.

Green wants to make that match. He has a letter signed by Pacquiao and his attorney that states Pacquiao is interested in fighting in Hawaii in 2012 or 2013.

Green said why not match him against Mayweather?

"The only thing I cared about is having Pacquiao's name on a piece of paper, his attorney's name on a piece of paper, giving us the permission to at least pursue that fight," he said.

The fight would cost a bundle up front. Green estimates $100 million guaranteed to the fighters.

Hawaii Boxing Commission member and longtime referee and ringside judge Herbert Minn doubts Hawaii could afford a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather bout.

"I don't think there's enough people in Hawaii who can pay ringside, $2,000 to $3,000 a seat," he said.

But Green counters that Pacquiao and Mayweather fans would flock to Hawaii, and financial backers will see the potential.

"I think people are going to stand in line for this," he said. "We're going to know in probably the next six to eight months the potential for raising that kind of money."

Green wants to stage the fight at Aloha Stadium. A football sellout is 50,000. The stadium could add another 10,000 field seats for a boxing match.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority knows of Green's idea.

"I think the consensus would be that the potential behind this event is enormous," HTA brand manager Michael Story said.

Green believes Hawaii's large Filipino community is a huge incentive for Pacquiao to fight here. He said for Mayweather, it's money.

"I think Mayweather would fight in the back of a van if he got $50 million," Green said.

Others have tried and failed to get Pacquiao and Mayweather in the ring.

Now Green and his group are taking a shot.

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