Mayweather on Pacquiao: Discusses Drug Testing, Health and Steroid Allegations

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IMay 2, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 24:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. interacts with rapper Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson as Floyd trains in front of the media at Mayweather Boxing Gym on April 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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It has been years since Mayweather accused Manny Pacquiao of using PEDs throughout his career. At the time, Manny Pacquiao and management were furious enough to set up a defamation lawsuit, which has been waging against the Mayweather family. After that happened, the Mayweather clan decided to lay low on its allegations (at least Floyd, Roger doesn't care) and choose its words wisely.

During Mayweather's arrival yesterday to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a question was asked by the media that sparked a speech about Pacquiao's usage of PEDs.

According to ESPN, Mayweather said it was "basic common sense" that Pacquiao was using PEDs in the ring and brought up his health concerns when going against him. 

"Health is more important than anything," Mayweather said. "Because guess what? When my career is over, if I'm hurt because of something that has happened in a fight, I can't come to you and say, 'I need (money).' "

Mayweather and his uncle Roger always used Pacquiao's seriously injured opponents when talking about Mayweather's risks against him. Ricky Hatton was knocked senseless in the second round, Antonio Margarito suffered an orbital injury and Miguel Cotto's face was made into mince meat.

In the same interview, he brought up the fact that nobody cares if Pacquiao was using steroids and they just want to see a fight between the two. He said the demand of seeing him fight Pacquiao is greater than his safety as a fighter.

"People say, 'We don't give a f--- if he's taking or not; we just want to see the fight. We don't give a f--- about your health and we don't give a f--- about your family.' " Mayweather said.

"I care about my family. I love my family. They're going to be there when no one else is there. When my career is over, you're all going to move on to the next one."

After he discussed why he refuses to step into the ring with Pacquiao, he went on to talk about why he believed Pacquiao was on steroids. He continually alluded to Pacquiao's rise through weight from 106 to his current weight class of 147.

"It took me years to get to here—years," Mayweather said. "I'm going up in weight but I'm not walking through no damn fighters. (Pacquiao) is 106; now he decides to walk through (Miguel) Cotto? Cotto can't knock down (Shane) Mosley, but can he?"

Mayweather turned professional in 1996 in the 130 pound weight class while Pacquiao started his at 106 in 1995.

Floyd made his case clear: Until Manny Pacquiao is drug tested and proven not to be using steroids, he will not get into the ring with him. It's unknown whether his stance on Pacquiao and possible pass usage of steroids will change, but until then he holds strong to his opinion on Pacquiao's PED usage. 

One thing for sure can be taken out of this though: This sure isn't helping him in his ongoing defamation lawsuit.