Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Drug Testing Still An Issue After Six Years

| by Daniel Yancelson

After six years of trying to make this fight happen, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have finally agreed on terms to take part in the “fight of the century.” But those same problems that prevented the fight since 2009 are coming up again.

Thursday, Mayweather officially rejected Pacquiao’s request to have a $5 million penalty if either fighter failed a drug test.

"It was very simple," Pacquiao’s advisor Michael Koncz said. "If Manny failed a test, he would have to pay $5 million. If Floyd failed, he would have to pay $5 million."

This deal is apart from the official fight terms that state both fighters will undergo full drug testing by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Mayweather wanted Olympic-style drug testing back in 2009, but Pacquiao rejected it and that’s why the fight never reached a deal until now.

After Pacquiao rejected the drug testing, Mayweather accused him of using performance-enhancing drugs, which Pacquiao denied.

In fact, Pacquiao sued Mayweather for defamation, and the two settled out of court in 2012.

Now, Pacquiao suggested the $5 million extra as an insurance that a positive drug test wouldn’t stop this long-awaited fight from happening and disappointing so many fans.

Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe called it an attempt to “put a $5 million price tag if Manny tested positive.”

“It will cost Manny a lot more than some $5 million if he comes up positive," Ellerbe said.

Source: USA Today / Photo Credit: Robert Hanashiro, USA Today Sports