Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Fight Called Off
Boxing enthusiasts who looked forward to seeing Floyd Mayweather do 12 rounds with Manny Pacquiao have been sorely disappointed by the news that the fight will not happen. Find out what’s to blame after the jump.Mayweather, who reportedly came within mere seconds of an all-out brawl with hip hop heavyweight Rick Ross this weekend, won’t be fighting Pacquiao because the two camps could not reach a resolution about drug-testing procedures.
They attempted to work the kinks out of the situation through mediation, but the attempt proved unsuccessful. Many speculated that the fight would bring about the biggest payday in boxing history, but Pacquiao was unwilling to accept a compromise on the testing standards.
“Throughout this whole process I have remained patient, but at this point I am thoroughly disgusted that Pacquiao and his representatives are trying to blame me for the fight not happening when clearly the blame is on them,” Mayweather said.
Other issues, such as the types of boxing gloves to be used and the winner’s and loser’s share of the purse, had already been finalized.
The dispute comes in because Mayweather initially called for repeated blood testing up to the day of the fight. Pacquiao wanted a 30-day cutoff before the bout.
Mayweather says he eventually agreed to a 14-day cutoff prior to the bout before mediation began, but that Pacquiao wouldn’t accept.
“In my opinion it is Manny Pacquiao and his team who are denying the people a chance to see the biggest fight ever,” said Mayweather. “I know the people will see through their smoke screens and lies. I am ready to fight and sign the contract. Manny needs to stop making his excuses, step up and fight.”
Mayweather also added: “First and foremost, not only do I want to fight Manny Pacquiao, I want to whip his punk ass.”
Here’s a question:
If one is not guilty of doping and nothing will show up on the tests, why should it matter when the tests are given? I’m not implicating anyone, but it certainly seems fishy to me for a person to seemingly choose to avoid blood testing.
Pacquiao chose to do his talking in court, filing a lawsuit against Mayweather and his camp. Citing defamation of character, he says that his rival has falsely accused him of using performance-enhancing drugs.
Given the extent of the controversy, even allowing it to result in stopping the fight, what else are we to think?
Many speculate that the match could have brought both fighters up to $40 million.
Hopefully, these guys get themselves together and the fight is re-scheduled.
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