Is Mayweather a wimp for asking Pacquiao to take blood tests?
By Jason Kim: As the time passes since Floyd Mayweather’s potential mega fight against World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao fell apart over the random blood tests that Mayweather had insisted on for the fight, more and more fighters are coming out of the woodwork saying that they would be more than happy to fight Pacquiao without the Filipino star having to take any kind of blood tests. The latest fighter that has come out saying that they would fight Pacquiao without blood tests is WBC lightweight Edwin Valero.
So with all these fighters willing to fight Pacquiao without any kinds of extra tests like the ones that Mayweather is asking for, how does this make Mayweather look to the average fan? Is he scared of Pacquiao, like many of Pacquiao’s fans think he is? It’s hard not to come to that conclusion now that we’re getting a lot of fighters willing to step up and face Pacquiao without the blood tests. Valero isn’t a big fighter, yet he’s willing to take his chances and fight Pacquiao without the tests.
I know Mayweather says he’s trying to clean up the sport of boxing from drugs, but this begs the question: Why didn’t Mayweather start cleaning up the sport before he decided on fighting Pacquiao? I mean performance enhancing drugs have been a big problem for years in boxing, so why is Mayweather all of a sudden getting righteous about it now? Mayweather says that Pacquiao didn’t want to take a $25 million drug test, which he feels is the reason why the fight didn’t take place.
But if Mayweather didn’t ask for the blood tests in the first place, there would have been no problem. He could have easily had completed negotiations for the Pacquiao fight and would have been the one fighting him on March 13th instead of Joshua Clottey.
How come Mayweather didn’t ask his last opponent Juan Manuel Marquez to take blood tests? You would think that with the success that Marquez has had in his career, he would be someone that Mayweather might ask to take blood tests too. I know that Mayweather might be equally surprised at how well Pacquiao has done since moving up in weight to the welterweight division, but that’s no reason suspect that he’s using any kinds of performance enhancing drugs and ask for tests.
If you look at who Pacquiao has faced, he hasn’t exactly taken on a vicious bunch of fighters since moving up in weight. Pacquiao has fought Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. Those are good fighters, but in each case they were vulnerable. It didn’t take a superman to beat them. They already had been beaten recently before Pacquiao got to them, which is why it seems illogical that Mayweather would ask for random blood testing for his fight against Pacquiao.
From the outside looking in, it seems like Mayweather is afraid of Pacquiao because of the success that he’s had. Mayweather himself moved up in weight successfully from super featherweight where he started his career. How come Floyd doesn’t understand why another fighter can’t do the same thing.
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