The proposed March 13 fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is “in jeopardy” after Pacquiao has refused to submit himself to Olypmic-style random drug testing before the fight.
The Filipino has been the subject of speculation about whether he has used performance-enhancing drugs since Floyd Mayweather Sr. first broached the issue to The Press in September.
Pacquiao has passed every drug test administered after his fights but others in the boxing community — most notably former world champions Paulie Malignaggi and Kermit Cintron — have expressed some doubts since Mayweather Sr.’s initial statements.
Mayweather Sr. took Tuesday’s news as validation of his opinion.
“That tells you right there, I was right. You have to think that way,” he said. “Like I said from the start, that was just my opinion. It’s a lot of people’s opinion now. For that kind of money, how could you not take a test? There’s a reason. Just what I said is the reason, that’s it, right there.”
Mayweather Sr., a prominent trainer who said he discussed the situation with his son Tuesday afternoon, suggested his own rival and Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, has to know whether the fighter uses performance-enhancing substances.
“That’s his trainer,” he said. “You know damn well he knows what’s going on. I’ve been trying to tell everybody all the time, man. I ain’t never seen anybody in my life, some little man coming up in weight like that, then taking these big men and putting them down. That’s (expletive). I ain’t never seen anything like it. Cotto said it was the hardest he ever got hit by anybody. That doesn’t make any sense.”