According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant suggested that HBO president Ross Greenburg, and both promoters for Floyd Mayweather Jr and Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao reach out to Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) in a last ditch effort to help breathe some life back into the dysfunctional negotiations between Floyd Mayweather Jr., Golden Boy Promotions, Manny Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.
Manny Pacquiao has recently expressed his intentions to file multiple lawsuits against Team Mayweather which includes Floyd Mayweather Jr. his father, and Golden Boy Promotions, specifically Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer for false steroid allegations.
McCain the former Republican Presidential candidate has been contacted to help mediate the drug testing dispute between both camps. McCain a big boxing fan and active supporter of boxing reform helped enact the Professional Boxing Safety Act in 1996 and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act in 2000.
Earlier this year McCain sent in a proposal to President Barack Obama requesting that the first black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson be posthumously pardoned, Jack Johnson violated the Mann Act by sleeping with a white prostitute.
If both fighters can come to an agreement on drug testing the fight will continue on as planned and take place at the MGM grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 13.
If the fight doesn’t get saved Manny Pacquiao will look into other replacement opponents such as- Timothy Bradley, Paulie Malignaggi, Devon Alexander, Yuri Foreman and the winner of Andre Berto Vs. Sugar Shane Mosley.