Bob Arum has no problem with the testing, his problem is with USADA

By Nowboxing Staff

As the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao talks have hit a stand still, Bob Arum has issued one last and final suggestion to Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions and Team Mayweather on the Olympic drug testing debacle.

The offer is to allow the Nevada State Athletic Commission(NSAC) take care of the steroid and drug tests since the state of Nevada will host the boxing match. Arum feels strongly that it is a disrespect to the NSAC to bring in a private agency like USADA to handle drug testings.

“We would do anything they(Nevada State Athletic Commission) offered because they’re the appropriate governing body for this fight, we’re going to abide by any decision by the Nevada commission. We just made the presentation in a telephone call less than an hour ago.” Arum said firmly.

Arum also said it has nothing to do with the blood testing it has to do with the use of USADA(U.S Anti-Doping Agency) a private non-governmental agency that began operations in October of 2000. 

“If the commission(NSAC) says both fighters have to give blood as they’re walking into the ring, we’ll do it,” Arum said. “But I want the commission saying it, not some outside group(USADA) with an agenda. If they(Mayweather and Golden Boy) say no to this, that shows they don’t want the fight.”

Arum has given a Monday, Dec. 28 deadline for the Mayweather camp to respond.  If they do not accept the proposal, Arum will finalize a deal with Lou Dibella fighter Paulie Malignaggi to face Manny Pacquiao instead.

If both sides can finally come to terms the super fight will be set for March 13, 2010 at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada.  HBO pay per view will be the broadcasting company to air the fight.