The most anticipated boxing match since the turn of the millennium is looking less and less likely to happen. Recently Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum claimed the fight was “dead as a door nail,” and now Pac-Man is throwing fuel onto the fire by threatening to sue Mayweather for slander:
“Enough is enough. These people, Mayweather Sr., [Mayweather] Jr. and Golden Boy Promotions, think it is a joke and a right to accuse someone wrongly of using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. I have tried to just brush it off as a mere pre-fight ploy, but I think they have gone overboard… I have instructed my promoter, Bob Arum, head of Top Rank Inc., to help me out in the filing of the case as soon as possible because I have had people coming over to me now asking if I really take performance-enhancing drugs and [if] I have cheated my way into becoming the No. 1 boxer in the world”
It’s worth noting that Pac-Man has never failed a drug test in 55 professional fights, though he’s been unwilling to be subject of Mayweather’s request for Olympic-style testing. The tests would be conducted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and would consist of random blood and urine samples during training camps and even the day of the bout.
Bob Arum suggested Christmas day that they would begin to look into a bout with junior welterweight Paulie Malignaggi:
“I reached out to Lou DiBella [Malignaggi's promoter], and we’re going to schedule that fight for March 13 unless something drastically changes with this Mayweather thing… I’m not going to leave Manny without a fight because of this nonsense [with Mayweather].”
I don’t know about you guys but I’m not about to throw down 60 bones to watch Pac-Man dismantle a 27-3 fighter with only 5 KO victories. Malignaggi is still a young guy with a great future, but the match-up the sport of boxing needs right now is Pacquiao vs Mayweather. The two have an opportunity to compete in the most purchased Pay Per View event in history while their sport is as far away from mainstream media as it’s been since conception.
Should Mayweather slow his roll and allow the bout to go forward with standard commission tests or should Manny man-up and allow the strict testing to prove his innocence? Let us know in the comments section below!
Props to ESPN for the news break.