There is only one thing standing in the way of a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight: Manny Pacquiao.
Despite all of the posturing and big talk going on from both men, Pacquiao’s ridiculous resistance to Mayweather’s proposed drug testing policies raises a number of red flags.
A few months ago, after a series of dominating match-ups, both men said they needed to face off and determine the world's best pound-for-pound boxer. However, despite both sides seemingly being enthused about the potential for a big fight (and even bigger pay day), the discussions quickly broke off.
The biggest issue preventing the fight was Mayweather's request that Pacquiao submit to Olympic-style drug testing prior to the fight. This particular type of drug testing allows for either blood or urine to be taken all the way up to the eve of the fight.
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Pacquiao immediately refused. The Philippine icon demanded testing stop 24 days before the fight. He told reporters that testing close to the fight would weaken him and drain him of energy.
In the Olympics, small amounts of blood and urine have been known to be taken as little as a few hours before competition. The testing has never been associated with poor results after-the-fact. In fact, during the Beijing Games, Michael Phelps provided authorities with a drug test on the morning of one of his relays. He subsequently went out and won a gold medal hours later.
Still, Mayweather, who the media for some strange reason have characterized as the “bad guy” in all of this, offered a middle ground. He told the Pacquiao camp that he would be alright with meeting his opponent halfway and only allowing drug testing up until 14 days before the fight.
In an interview with the Philippine Star, Pacquiao had this to say:
“My message to Mayweather, to the world, is simple…I am not the lawmaker when it comes to the rules and regulations of any boxing commission. That is not my job or my duty. Neither is it Mayweather’s unless he forms his own personal commission…I will comply fully with whatever drug test, blood or urine, rules are specified by the commission of the place where this fight is arranged.”
So 14 days prior to the fight was really too little recovery time for Pacquiao? Is the 10 day difference between 14 days and 24 days really all that important to the Philippine champion?
A few days ago, Pacquiao came out and said that he would accept the 14-day request.
In a recent piece, Dan Wetzel also brought up why it is not at all unreasonable for Mayweather to demand this form of drug testing. In fact, 14 days can still be considered a light request. A blood-doping agent such as erythropoietin (EPO), which has the ability to improve a person’s stamina, can be washed out of your system within two to five days.
Despite that, somehow, the media has targeted Mayweather in recent weeks.
He’s ducking Pacquiao. He’s scared of Pacquiao. He’s looking for excuses to avoid the fight.
Mayweather’s undefeated career has spanned over more than a decade. He could go out, lose to Pacquiao tomorrow, collect his enormous paycheck from the fight, and still retire as one of the greatest boxers of all time.
The man that calls himself Pretty Boy Floyd is not scared of Pacquiao. And for the media to try to portray the situation as such is ridiculous.
Mayweather is ready for Pacquiao, and he’s not the roadblock that is preventing this fight from occurring.
Again, there is only one thing standing in the way of a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight: Manny Pacquiao.