In the early going, when he first began negotiating with Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. had a lot of defenders out there.
The idea that Pacquiao should submit to more stringent-than-usual drug testing for arguably the biggest fight in boxing history didn’t seem all that outlandish. Putting aside the way that the Filipino champion jumped from one division to another and dominated each one in unique fashion, just the mere fact that this would have been a one-of-a-kind fight would seemingly be grounds for enhanced drug-testing.
So again, Mayweather initially had his supporters. But then Pacquiao agreed to the drug-testing that was being demanded of him. Sure, it wasn’t in the most timely fashion. Yes, it could have come sooner, preferably when Mayweather first made his demands. However, once it came, that should have been the end of it.
As we all know, though, it wasn’t.
Once Pacquiao agreed to one set of drug-testing guidelines, Mayweather decided he wanted another. That theme would hold true over the next few years. Every single time Pacquiao seemed to finally agree to one of Mayweather’s demands, the undefeated champ would seemingly step that initial demand up a notch.
Now, for what it’s worth, Pacquiao is not without fault here. He took his sweet time agreeing to Mayweather’s drug-testing requests. And later, when it came to the purse split, he did once say that he would give up the lion’s share of the purse for the opportunity to fight Mayweather. So while Mayweather is full of excuses for why he won’t fight Pacquiao, it’s no secret that Pacquiao hands those excuses to him on a silver platter.
If Pacquiao really wanted this bout to happen the way he says he does, he would leave Mayweather with no excuses. He’d give up the money. He’d submit to any and all drug tests. And then he’d go in the ring, pound his arch rival into the ground and etch his name into the recordbooks. That’s what he would do if he really wanted this match to happen.
So again, both parties are at fault. But Mayweather is more at fault, given his knack for consistently finding one excuse after another for not taking on the Filipino champ. And when you’re juggling multiple excuses for not fighting someone, it’s easy to get those excuses mixed up. Mayweather has done it before. And he did it again this past Tuesday, while doing a session with reporters at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.
As noted by Igor Frank of the Examiner:
“I want to continue to go out there and dominate,” he said.
“I don't know what Pacquiao's next fight. But he had a chance to step up to the plate this time on May 5th and I got turned down. All I ask is for him to take random blood and urine test, the guy said he didn't want to do it, so that's why the Pacquiao fight hasn't happened. Like I said before there are so many different excuses; then it’s like I want 50/50. All I ask if you are doing the same type of numbers I am doing on pay per view or you breaking numbers at the gate or you're doing record breaking numbers it’s logic to say he'd get 50/50, but if he is not doing the numbers that I am doing or doing record breaking numbers there is no way possible that can happen.”
Two problems with that:
First of all, Pacquiao is doing the same numbers as Mayweather. In fact, his last fight versus Juan Manuel Marquez did better than Mayweather’s bout versus Victor Ortiz. Maybe Pacquiao -- given his management situation -- doesn’t pocket as much as Mayweather when it’s all said and done, but he pulls in PPV and gate totals in excess of what the undefeated champ pulls in.
Secondly, is the problem with drug-testing or the 50-50 split? Why is Mayweather tying both together, as if Pacquiao didn’t already agree to his drug-testing requests a long time ago?
Everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt, including Mayweather. And when this whole mess originally began a few years back, a lot of people gave him that benefit of the doubt.
But man – this guy knows how to make it really hard to root for him.