Final proposal by Pacquiao camp
Promoter Bob Arum delivered what he said would be his last
proposal Sunday to salvage the fight between Manny Pacquiao and
Floyd Mayweather Jr., which has been on life support over a blood
Under Arum’s proposal, the Nevada Athletic Commission would have
the final say in how much testing there would be for the fight and
when it would take place. Preparations for the fight would go
forward and there would be three blood tests – none within 30 days
of the fight – unless the commission decided otherwise at a
“ We will go along with what the Nevada commission decides. We
will give them a blank check,” Arum said. “We want this fight to
Arum said Pacquiao’s side would go no further than the proposal,
and that he will begin negotiations Monday with Paul Malignaggi for
the March 13 date the megafight was supposed to take place on.
The position is tougher than earlier statements by those in
Pacquiao’s camp that there could be a compromise on blood testing
if it is not done by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and in the final
days before the fight. It leaves the fate of the fight in jeopardy
since there would likely be little appetite by Nevada regulators to
go beyond the urine tests now required by state law.
The director of the Nevada commission and Mayweather’s
representatives did not immediately return phone calls Sunday.
All other issues were earlier resolved, but the nasty dispute
over attempts by Mayweather’s camp to introduce stringent blood
testing to pro boxing for the first time make it increasingly
unlikely it will happen.
Mayweather’s representatives backed off their insistence on
using the USADA over the weekend, but continued to insist on random
blood and urine tests with a cutoff date mutually agreeable to both
Pacquiao’s camp seemed willing to agree to that up until the
last few days when the conversation turned from testing to slander
lawsuits against those alleging that Pacquiao used
performance-enhancing drugs to move up in weight to win titles in
seven different weight classes.
“It’s all either a smokscreen because Mayweather doesn’t want
to do the fight or an attempt by (Mayweather promoter) Richard
Schaefer to smear Manny Pacquiao,” Arum said. “We will deal with
Ironically, Malignaggi is one of those who have suggested in
interviews that Pacquiao must have used something to be able to
dominate fighters in the higher weight classes.
If the fight is not held March 13, there is still a chance it
could happen in September after the two have other fights.