Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao Mega-Fight In Jeopardy Over Drug Testing

2009-12-02 - Mayweather and PacquiaoIs the highly anticipated mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in jeopardy? According to their camps, it very well could be.

According to a press release from Mayweather’s camp, Pac-Man’s promoter Golden Boy Promotions informed them that the Filipino fighter is refusing to comply with Olympic style drug testing 30 days before the fight, because of superstition.

Mayweather’s management has requested that the tests be done to ensure fair play and sportsmanship by both fighters. Manny isn’t budging.

Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer was contacted by Top Rank President Todd duBoef Tuesday, who informed him that Pacquiao would not agree to have his blood taken within 30-days of the bout based his own beliefs.

“Todd told me that Pacquiao has difficulty with taking blood and doesn’t want to do it so close to the fight,” said Schaefer. “He, Pacquiao, would only agree to have blood drawn before the kick-off press conference and after the fight.”

Olympic style drug testing involves random sampling of the athlete’s blood and urine prior to and after the fight. The USADA procedure includes both blood and urine sampling so that all banned substances, some of which do not show up in urine alone, are tested for thoroughly.

Mayweather’s camp says they’re surprised by Manny’s refusal.

“It is unfortunate to hear this from Manny Pacquiao’s representatives, particularly since, as of today, both parties had worked out all other issues related to this fight,” said Schaefer. “Team Mayweather is certainly surprised that an elite athlete like Manny Pacquiao would refuse drug testing procedures, which Floyd has already agreed to and have been agreed to by many other top athletes such as Lance Armstrong, and Olympians Michael Phelps, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.”

After hearing the news, Mayweather says Pacquiao may have to explain himself immediately or be faced with accusations from the media and the public regarding his own status as a clean and drug free athlete.

“I understand Pacquiao not liking having his blood taken, because frankly, I don’t know anyone who really does,” said Mayweather. “But in a fight of this magnitude, I think it is our responsibility to subject ourselves to sportsmanship at the highest level. I have already agreed to the testing and it is a shame that he is not willing to do the same.

“It leaves me with great doubt as to the level of fairness I would be facing in the ring that night,” he continued. “I hope that this is either some miscommunication or that Manny will change his mind and step up and allow these tests, which were good enough for all these other great athletes, to be performed by USADA.”

At press time, Pacquiao had yet to comment on the situation.

Update: BoxingTalk.com recently completed an interview with Top Rank President Bob Arum, who said that Manny Pacquiao would have no problem taking the Olympic style drug test Floyd Mayweather is requesting, immediately following the bout. A full-length interview with the site is coming soon.

33 comments
  1. Stop Playing games with this Controversy shit& get down to busniess for upcoming fight

  2. Pacquaio didn’t violate any law that the Nevada boxing commission required. Stop running around and just fight! I guess a penalty of $10 Million if Mayweather is over 147 lbs got him scared and running finding ways to duck a fighter he doesn’t want to face.

  3. Mayweather run from a fight!! ha ha ha im lmao at u non believers, he’s the best that ever done it! may this other fighter has something to damn hide….(drug use)!!

  4. Naw what it is all these fighters taking steroids and other type of enhancement drugs 2 better they’re fight, floyd doing right,he got 2 much at stake 2 be n the ring fighting against a over powered junkie. U can tell how pacaquaio fight that he’s on something.

  5. manny superstitiousabout that ass whooping he will recieive.take the test and lets get this ass whooping over with

  6. The NSAC already has a drug testing thats been used for 40 years. This is so stupid.

    It just shows you how scared Floyd is. He knows he’s about to get the beating of his life so he’s trying to find every excuse to get out of the fight. Man up Floyd!

  7. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS FIGHT!!!! FINALLY A REAL MEGA FIGHT WITH THE STATUS OF ALI-FRASIER, HAGLER-LEONARD… LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!

  8. i don’t think mayweather is afraid of the $10 million penalty… he’s just too afraid to fight paquiao thats why his making this accusations to ruin paquiao reputation and to have an excuse not to fight the man…

    i used to be a mayweather fan but after seeing paquiao beat-up all his opponent and now mayweather making this silly alibis… well i changed my mind!!!

  9. real MAN dont TALK they just DO IT
    too much talk
    and make up controversy

    just go and fight
    if they want drug test let it be
    both fighter can take the drug test before and right after the fight
    too much talking!

  10. they test 30 days before the fight, and immedietly after the fight,,,what the hell is Mayweather cryin about,,, what a pu$$y.

  11. I dont know why everyone is saying Mayweather is the one crying. Pacquiao is the one refusing something that is soo simple. He should just get it done and be over with it. If that was the rules in place then do it. I really dont see why everyone saying Mayweather is hiding, he did what he has to do.

  12. I cosighn Tari. It’s just a drug test. Ur boy manny on steroids he doesn’t have the right to brag about shit

  13. if you had seen his previous fights
    he is like energizer batteries
    going and going and goinggggg

    mayweathered had fought hatton and finished him at the 11th round
    manny did it in two

    pag ayaw maraming dahilan
    bahag na ang buntot ni meyweder

    oh yes!!
    manny pacquiao is taking drugs…
    alaxan, see his tv commercials

  14. FLOYD MAN THE F*CK UP! YOU ALREADY DUCKED COTTO, MOSLEY, MARGARITO! AND NOW YOU ARE MAKING ALL KINDS OF GIRLY AS EXCUSE TO NOT FIGHT THE TRUE POUND FOR POUND KING, PACMAN!

    PACMAN BY KO IN THE 9TH ROUND!

  15. why the fuck does floyd want olympic style testing?? jus tryna cook up an excuse to duck pacman!

    floyd knows hes gunna get his ASS whooped! KO by my mann manny

  16. – “According to a press release from Mayweather’s camp” thats Mayweather’s bichass camp ! K.O

  17. floyd knows all the tricks about steroids. its obvious Pac takes some type of drug right b4 a fight. why walk into a ring w/ a juiced up fighter? steroid rage is serious ( chris beniot). fighters take their personality w/them in the ring. ali was arrogant in/out mike was a beast in/out sugar ray smart in/out. pac man is racing fast in the ring and slow speakin/walking/talkin/singin out

  18. The reason Mayweather agrees with $10M/pd penalty is he has no intention in fighting Pacquiao; and he will come up with all kinds of excuses to avoid him. The best thing that the press/media can do to help boxing is to completely ignore Mayweather as if he has never been part of boxing sports.

  19. mayweather is a nobody… he don’t even have a belt around his neck! he has no right to impose new rules…

    they test 30 days before the fight, and immediately after the fight… thats it!

    he is just like his daddy… so scared to $hit that when pacman K.O’s hatton in the second round all their balls went up to their throat! and now making this accusations to cover their faces from ridicules… such darn loossseeerrrrsssss!!!!!

  20. your right 2thpick floyd knows all the tricks about steroids maybe because he is using one. thats why he is trowing all the blame to pacman.

    floyd cries like my granny… he is a undisputed fighter and a undisputed cry baby of boxing!

  21. FLOYD STEP YOUR GAME UP YOU FAKE CHAMP!

    SUCKA ASS CHUMP!

    MAN THE F*CK UP AND JUST FIGHT PACMAN. QUIT CRYIN! AIN’T NOBODY WANNA SEE YOU CRYIN NO MORE MAN! STEP UP FLOYD!

  22. mayweather jr. is a coward! that’s all, so many excuses, just fight, don’t look for a whole for you to dig in and hide!
    shame on you!

  23. Bottom line its just a drug test,manny should just take it.when you get in the ring your whole carreer is on the line.

  24. It may be easy for anyone that just wants to see a fight to say that Floyd is crying like a baby and that he should man up and just fight.when they really dont know whats at stake here.Anyone that thinks that, should put themself in Floyds shoes and ask yourself wouldnt you be suspicious abut manny not being cooporative. Think about that!

  25. hey henry and papo! read the latest news so you know what your talking about!

    bob arum post a comment regarding floyd and pacman

  26. come on everyone saying flody scared that man is perfect he takes pride in what he do a student of the game he and america know flody will tap that ass if manny not using enhancement drug my five year old daughter can take a needle manny be in wars and don’t want to take a test because he is hiding something and we know what it is steriods

  27. i just cant believe these fraud gayweather fans…… sooooo $tupid… how can he be perfect when he is doing everything to run away from the fight of the century? steroid or hgh can be detected even in a urine test, how dumb can u get to believe that nigger ass fake champ?

  28. I just lost all respect for pretty b!#&* floyd. So you’ve been fighting for years and all of a sudden you have a problem with the drug testing rules?? Yeah right, you talk the most $#!% and now you won’t back it up. Any you fools who can’t see that are straight up suckas! I got more balls than this dude.

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