Discussions for the highly anticipated mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are expected to being this week, after the results of the Philippine elections are in since the Filipino fighter is running for a seat in Congress.
Pac-Man’s trainer, Freddie Roach, told the Associated Press on Monday (May 10) that discussions for the fight could begin as early as Tuesday (May 11).
Both fighters tried to make the fight happen earlier this year, but negioations ceased after both sides failed to agree on terms regarding drug testing.
They both went on to take separate fights, and both were victorious. Pacquiao defeated Joshua Clottey, and Mayweather beat Shane Mosley in a decision. Following Mayweather’s win, talk began about a possible match against Pac-Man, and now, things seem to be gaining ground.
“I think the fight will happen,” Roach told the AP. “It will probably be November, maybe October. November’s not a great pay-per-view month, but I think it will happen.”
Roach, however, did not say whether or not Pacquiao would budge on his stance on Mayweather’s request for Olympic-style drug testing, which would include blood testing along with the typical urine tests required by most athletic commissions.
In a statement on his official website, days after Mayweather’s win on May 1st, the Filipino fighter said he’d consider a compromise, saying he’d draw blood as close as 14 days before their fight, if it were to happen, rather than the 24 days he originally said.
“I am willing to help the sport for the future of the sport. I do not want to see anyone cheat or cheat this sport,” Pacquiao said. “For that reason I am willing to consider taking blood [tests] as close as 14 days prior to the fight, as long as my opponent does the same, and it is not a lot of blood, just enough to test.”
Mayweather, on the other hand, says — beginning with Mosley — will only fight opponents who agree to his drug-testing requests … and that means Pacquiao as well.
“If Manny Pacquiao can take a blood and urine test then we have a fight,” Mayweather said after his fight. “If not, no fight.”
The boxing world wants it, we want it. Hopefully, they can work it out.