In realizing that the potential super-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on March 13, 2010 was about to fall apart, Golden Boy Promotions, who represents Floyd Mayweather Jr. said today that they are willing to look at less stringent drug testing protocols in order to make the fight.
A fight between these two would be the biggest financial fight in the history of boxing. Mayweather Jr., and Golden Boy have made unreasonable demands according to Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum. Never in the history of boxing has the US Anti-Doping Agency had any involvement, according to Top Rank.
It appears that Mayweather’s posturing and demands have put him in a vulnerable negotiating position. Pacquiao’s team has already made an offer to Paulie Malignaggi to fight on March 13, 2010 if the Mayweather fight cannot be made.
Basically, the Mayweather team wants random drug testing using both blood and urine samples. So long as it is random and blood is used (a practice that the Nevada State Athletic Commission has never used) the Mayweather camp will go ahead with the fight. Originally, Mayweather was demanding that the United States Anti-Doping Agency handle the tests. They are now agreeing to use an alternative agency.
However, team Pacquiao has agreed to three blood tests. Once before the promotional kick-off, another 30-days before the fight and another immediately after the fight. The 30-day period before the fight is what seems to be the biggest hang-up for both sides. Pacquiao feels that this is too close to the fight and that it may affect him and Mayweather’s side feels that it should be done randomly, even up to the day before the fight.
Mayweather’s team is planning on going to the Nevada State Athletic Commission and explaining their position in hopes of the Commission backing up their proposed random blood testing. The problem is that by the time all of this is sorted out, it will be too late to promote the largest fight in boxing history.
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