Negotiations for the upcoming March 13, Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao super bout have gone awry, because of Olympic style blood testing demands, performance enhancing drug accusations, which in turn led to lawsuits filed by Pacquiao.
First, Floyd Mayweather’s father Floyd Mayweather Sr. made accusations that Manny Pacquiao was on some type of steroid or supplementthat made him stronger after the Ricky Hatton fight, and the allegations continued on after Pacquiao beat Miguel Cotto in November of 2009.
Manny Pacquiao and his team which include promoter Bob Arum, hall of fame Freddie Roach, and conditioning coach Alex Ariza have all stood their ground that their fighter is clean and just has a problem with taking blood prior to a fight because of a bad experience he had that made him lose to Erik Morales in 2005.(Watch video interview of Manny Pacquiao in 2005 talking about how blood taking made him weak)
Pacquiao recently released his final official statement on this matter and states that he has no problem with random blood tests, just on how much will be taken before the fight and when:
“My concern has never been with someone randomly checking me with regards to blood or urine. I volunteered immediately to have my urine tested anytime someone wanted to, all the way up to the time I am walking into the ring.”
“My concern as a fighter is that there should be some limitations and agreements on how much blood they can take from someone prior to a fight. My other concern is how close to the actual fight itself can they take the blood. It is my opinion taking blood from a person can weaken you. I do not want to be in a weakened state when I enter the ring against any fighter.”
To read the entire official final statement by Manny Pacquiao go HERE
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