| 6 years ago||
Manny Pacquiao OK's 14- day drug testing cutoff
In a meeting over coffee at a local cafeteria, some Downriver Area boxing enthusiasts talked to this writer about reports emanating from the Philippines that Manny Pacquiao is now amenable to Floyd Mayweather, Jr’s demand for a 14- day blood testing cut- off period which was raised during the previous negotiations of their proposed mega f!ght.
“I hope this one is for real, I can’t wait for the mega f!ght to happen,” says John F. of Wyandotte, MI as he downed his second cup of coffee of the day. Jeremy D. of Allen Park, MI in between bites of his hot hash browns echoed his sentiments and added, “Let’s keep our fingers crossed that these two f!ghters will get into the ring in November. Boxing needs this f!ght and fans want this f!ght.”
There is no f!ght out there that can really catch the fans’ imagination that they are willing to fork their hard-earned money to see it than a Manny Pacquiao- Floyd Mayweather, Jr mega f!ght. There is no other f!ght out there that warrants a huge interest from boxing fans all over the world than the Manny Pacquiao- Floyd Mayweather, Jr. mega f!ght. Yes, there is really no f!ght out there that can catch even the casual observers’ attention like a Manny Pacquiao- Floyd Mayweather, Jr. mega f!ght that even Deedee L. of Detroit, MI, a non- boxing fan but is willing to buy the pay-per-view if the f!ght ever materializes, says: “I don’t care who will win the f!ght but I just want to be able to see it when it happens.”
There is no question that a Manny Pacquiao- Floyd Mayweather, Jr. extravaganza will be the biggest, if not one of the biggest f!ghts in the history of boxing. There is no question that it will break boxing’s all- time gate and pay-per-view records. This is what the boxing world wants and this is what the promoters should give to boxing fans to settle the score on who is really the best f!ghter on the planet.
But this dream f!ght can once again turn into a nightmare even before it gets off the ground, if the egos, pride and inherent hatred among the people surrounding both f!ghters suddenly creeps in. If the people behind both f!ghters will once again begin shooting through their mouths without regard for consequences and trade barbs in public, then talks for this f!ght will be dead rather than resurrected even before the negotiation began.
In their previous negotiations, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. proposed a “random Olympic- style” drug testing to the camps of Manny Pacquiao so as to “level the playing field” since they suspect that the Filipino superstar’s success in the ring is due to performance- enhancing drugs (PEDs) to which the Pacquiao camp vehemently denied and countered that they will only abide of such tests if the supervising state athletic commission like the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) warrants it.
Both camps tried to work out on a compromise and Manny Pacquiao’s camp offered a 24- day cut off period for the said drug testing which the Mayweather camp countered with the original 14- day cut off period prior to the f!ght. Then the representatives of both camps started blaming and hurling accusations at each other, and to make the long story short, the f!ght fell through and both f!ghters moved on, fought and won one- sided f!ghts against different opponents.
In retrospect, many boxing insiders opined that the reality was that both f!ghters were not yet ready to face each other at the time- Floyd Mayweather, Jr. coming off a lackluster performance against a bloated Juan Manuel Marquez and thus need another “tune- up” f!ght to get ready for the f!ght of his life. On the other hand, Manny Pacquiao was not really 100% sold on the mega f!ght as his mind was being consumed by his desire to run for a seat in the Philippine Congress.
Now that both f!ghters have accomplished what they are supposed to do, then we can say that there will be no more obstacle to the mega f!ght if they really wanted it to happen.
And Manny Pacquiao has just upped the ante and says he is now open to the proposed 14- day drug testing cut off that the camp of Floyd Mayweather, Jr once proposed. The onus is on Floyd Mayweather, Jr's if he will take Manny Pacquiao’s offer without further excuses or new demands that would prevent this mega f!ght from ever happening.
Hope it goes down