The latest excuse halting the ongoing process to try to get Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao into the ring to face each other is one of the poorest ones yet.
Money has said he is not willing to risk his health against Pacman because Mayweather doesn't think Pacquiao is clean of PEDs.
As reported by ESPN, Mayweather said:
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.'
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.
In typical Money fashion, he took his answer a little over the top, as no fighter that has fought Pacquiao recently has been seriously hurt and no evidence of any Pacman and PEDs has ever been proven.
All the proof is in Pacquiao's quick rise in weight classes, according to Money:
It took me years to get to here—years, 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?
Sure that rapid increase in weight seems unnatural, but there is nothing that positively proves Pacquiao of any wrong doing.
For Mayweather to say he is not going to risk his health in one of the most brutal sports in the world, one must question his will to fight going forward.
Is Floyd Mayweather afraid to fight Manny Pacquiao?
This is how the world is, you get writers saying, 'Floyd is scared.' No, Floyd cares about his family. Floyd is smart. You all know for a fact I'm not scared. You all know that.
Making Money's claim even stranger is the fact that Mayweather himself is one of the greatest defensive fighters of all time, and getting hit with significant blows is something that almost never happens in one of his bouts.
With the window of opportunity for the two greatest fighters of their time to face each other in the ring closing more each passing day, there seems to be more reason why Pacquiao and Mayweather can't fight, than reasons why they will.
This is making what could be the harsh reality of the supposed "fight of the century" from ever taking place.