The proposed mega bout between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is now in jeopardy I have been mentioning time and time again about team Mayweather’s demands but this time they are pushing for a random Olympic style drug testing in which Pacquiao will have to submit a series of blood and urine test prior to the fight which means that Pacquiao is susceptible to 8-5 random blood test in which he will comply in between training and a day or hours before the fight. Freddie Roach differ the kind of random testing “The thing is, I talked to the drug testing people today and I said,’Can you guarantee me that Manny won’t have to give blood the day before the fight?’ They said no. I said,’Then we can’t do the test.’” He added later,”We go by the commission rules, the sanctioning body rules. Mayweather doesn’t make the rules, we don’t work for Mayweather. He needs us, we don’t need him.”
It all started with Mayweather Sr. accusing Manny of performance enhancing drug as he was moving up in weight destroying Hatton, Dela Hoya and Cotto with ease. Then there was Kermit Cintron and Paulie Malignaggi taking a ride in the issue questioning Pacquiao’s ability to take a bigger punch from the big boys in the light welterweight and welterweight division. Even before Pacquiao was campaigning at the 130lb. division he always came to fight night at 144lbs,Manny even came 149 lbs. in the Dela Hoya fight a pound higher than Oscar what I’m saying is Manny is a natural welterweight. Manny is not moving up in weight but rather coming down in weight squeezing every ounce of his body to the 130lb. limit, 140 and 147 respectively. The fight is clearly going to happen in Las Vegas and with that fights happened in Vegas are handled by the Nevada State Athletic Commission under by executive director Keith Kizer. Manny has passed the entire test before and after fights and was always clean.
Pacquiao’s conditioning expert Alex Ariza said “there is nothing that they are going to find 24 hours before the fight that they cannot find five minutes after the fight. We are not refusing to give blood; we are not willing to give it that close to the fight.” There is some mental stress especially with Manny who have some issues with needles the term “stress” is short for distress, a word evolved from Latin that means “to draw or pull apart.” And going to the fight it could give Mayweather some advantage. If he wants a fair deal then he wouldn’t ask a leeway for the 147 pounds and come out with a weight advantage like the Marquez fight. Why not drug testing also for trainers? And let’s see who will come out positive. I couldn’t understand why Golden Boy promotions and team Mayweather keep on making issues. Consensus will be that Manny and Floyd will take both tests during their first conference then after the fight because if Manny is really taking steroids it will clearly reflect in any other way. As a final message to Floyd Mayweather and Golden Boy promotions a word from Top rank’s Bob Arum…
“they can go to hell as far as I’m concerned including (Richard) Schaefer although I don’t think it’s his idea, I think its Floyd’s idea and we are going to go on and do something else. This is an absolute outrage.”