Mayweather says he’ll fight Pacquiao next if he follows his drug testing program
By Chris Williams: If Manny Pacquiao really wants to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. all he has to do is go along with Mayweather’s drug testing program wishes and Mayweather says he’ll fight the Filipino star next. But the big question is whether Pacquiao will follow the drug testing that Mayweather wants.
Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Mayweather said this about whether he would fight Pacquiao if he followed the drug testing program that he wants “Absolutely. Write that word down 10 times in a row. I absolutely want the fight.”
Mayweather is asking for the USADA to be the testing agency, not some other agency and labs in the Philippines. Also, Mayweather wants Pacquiao to stay in the U.S during his training camp so that he can tested all during the camp by the USADA. Pacquiao usually spends a considerable amount of time training in the Philippines and comes over for the last part of his training camp to train at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, California. Pacquiao training in the Philippines would make it necessary for another drug testing agency, the WADA, to be the one that oversees the testing. This isn’t what Mayweather wants.
This sounds like something that would be easy to fix, but I don’t think it will be. Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum might not like the idea of training in the U.S exclusively just to appease Mayweather. If they’re not interested in doing that, then we don’t have a fight. Mayweather isn’t comfortable about having another agency do the testing and I don’t blame him. I would be uncomfortable as well.