Pacquiao: Mayweather has to show he wants to fight me
Mayweather in turn isn’t about to start negotiations for a fight with the Filipino star because he’s had zero luck in getting him to agree to staying in the United States to be available during the whole training camp for the random Olympic style blood tests for performance enhancing drugs that Mayweather wants.
Pacquiao said this to the LA Times: “I don’t need to be looking for or chasing a fight. I want the fight, but I cannot force him [Mayweather] to take it He has to show he wants to fight me.”
I think the feelings are mutual for Mayweather but in a different way. He can’t make Pacquiao agree to stay in the U.S to be available for the drug testing that he wants. If Pacquiao doesn’t want to stay in the U.S during the entire eight weeks of training camp for the random blood tests, then it’s pretty much going to be a nonstarter.
This is what’s holding Mayweather up. He wants the full random blood tests without any breaks leading up to the fight. Mayweather was ready to make the fight happen last year, but the best he could get from Pacquiao was for testing to be done up until three weeks before the fight.
At that point, Pacquiao wouldn’t be taking the tests. Naturally, that ended negotiations and there hasn’t been any way to reach an agreement since then. If Pacquiao agrees to stay in the U.S for the FULL random blood tests all the way up until the day before the fight, he’s got a Mayweather fight, but without that then Pacquiao is going to have to stick to fighting other guys.