Manny Pacquiao’s willingness to
undergo blood tests 14 days before the fight is no assurance that his megabuck
showdown with Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr. is going to happen in November.
The fight between the two
pound-for-pound champions was supposed to take place last March, but
disagreements on the random blood testing came up, and they ended up facing
Mayweather demanded random blood
testing Olympic style, and that means drawing blood from both fighters in the
months, weeks, days or hours before the fight, during the day or in the middle
of the night.
Pacquiao agreed to have it done 24
days before the fight, but Mayweather insisted on 14. The other day, however,
the Filipino superstar agreed to do it 14 days or even closer, but not on the
day of the fight itself.
Pacquiao bending backwards just to
make the fight happen was welcomed as a sign that the fight, which could earn
the fighters around $40 million each, would take place on 13 November either in
Las Vegas or Texas.
But Mayweather, the flamboyant,
undefeated American, wants the blood tests done as he had always wanted, on the
days closer to the fight.
“I gave Pacquiao a chance, up to 14
days out. But my new terms are all the way up to the fight. They can come get
us whenever, all the way up to the fight, random drug test. That’s what it is,”
Now, unless Mayweather changes his
mind, the fight is not likely to happen because Pacquiao said a couple of days
ago that he’s willing to undergo blood tests as long as they’re not done so
close to the fight.
The entire Pacquiao camp, from
promoter Bob Arum, trainer Freddie Roach, adviser Mike Koncz to the boxer
himself, believes that Mayweather’s demand for random blood tests is his only
way out of the fight.
“We’ve already agreed to all the
terms, from the venue to the purse and to other concessions like Manny Pacquiao
climbing the ring first, when Mayweather started making demands for random
blood testing,” said Koncz.
Ronnie Nathanielsz of www.insidesports.ph said that when
Mayweather fought Shane Mosley last earlier this month, the last ounce of blood
testing from both fighters were drawn 18 and 19 days before the fight.
Arum said: “By saying 14 days were
required by USADA, if this fight doesn’t happen clearly there is only one
person to blame and that’s Mayweather. These are all excuses made by him to
avoid fighting Pacquiao,’” Nathanielsz wrote.
Arum said a week ago he’d try his best
to “make the fight happen” and that sooner or later he would try to sit down
with the Mayweather people. However, he said negotiations would be done away
from the prying media.
Koncz said Mayweather knew that
Pacquiao wouldn’t allow blood to be drawn from him days before the fight that’s
why he’s asked for it.
And now that Pacquiao has agreed on
the 14-day cut-off, Mayweather wants the tests done “all the way up to the
fight,” even on the eve of the fight or the day of the fight itself.
“I’m afraid that once
all these blood testing issue is settled, Mayweather will come up with another
excuse. Maybe he’d start asking for a bigger share of the purse, which of
course, again, Manny Pacquiao will not agree on,” said Koncz.