Potentially the greatest, anyway. Yesterday it was announced that the Mayweather vs Pacquiao scheduled for March 13th is off due to a row over the drug testing procedure. It seems that the Mayweather camp has been casting doubts over Pacquiao’s status in regard of performance enhancing drugs, despite there being no evidence at all to suggest he is anything other than completely clean.
Pacquiao has agreed to the standard drug-testing protocol of the Nevada State Athletic Commission but Mayweather wants to implement the more stringent protocol of that used by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. This version is used to test Olympians in the US, with Mayweather claiming that if this protocol is good enough for the Olympians then it should be required for a fight ‘of this magnitude’. As Pacquiao has not agreed to the USADA testing protocol Mayweather said
I have already agreed to the testing and it is a shame that he is not willing to do the same. It leaves me with great doubt as to the level of fairness I would be facing in the ring that night
That’s a bit rich in my opinion, there is no suggestion whatsoever of Pacquiao having failed a drug test in that past. It seems like an example of the usual pre-fight games Mayweather plays. To me he’s taking it too far as he’s accusing Pacquiao of being a cheat and by doing so questioning the legitimacy of his achievements.
This implication is hypocritical in that Mayweather has had to agree to an unprecedented financial penalty if either fighter weighs in over. This is set at a staggering $10 million per pound as against Marquez in September Mayweather paid the penalty of $600,000 when weighing in two pounds over. Cheeky sod!
It’s all a bit silly and no doubt will be sorted eventually. Personally I detest all this nonsense and trash talking. It’s all far too WWE which is becoming an increasingly common, unwelcome addition to the UFC as ex-pro wrestlers join up. In regard to the fight in question the last word should stay with Pacquiao
Now I say to Floyd Mayweather Jr, ‘Don’t be a coward and face me in the ring, mano-a-mano and shut your big, pretty mouth, so we can show the world who is the true king of the ring’
Of course, all this nonsense could be nothing more than a promoter promoting…….