By Caesar Cliffius
Promoter Bob Arum has reported that the proposed fight between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao has been called off.
David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press also reported today that the fight has been waved off by Mayweather's insistence on blood testing as opposed to urine testing for the fight.
Mayweather was adamant about wanting to put Pacquiao through hoops in order to prove he is drug-free. The Pacquiao camp acquiesed to random urine sampling at any time prior to the fight, but the Mayweather's camp wanted to put Manny through a blood test. Apparently, Money's talking heads believe that Pacquiao is weary of needles out of concern that they weaken the WBO welterweight champion.
Mayweather's adviser Leonard Ellerbe was insistent upon random Olympic style drug testing to be administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
It should be noted that Pretty Boy isn't the one who chose not to fight; it is just that he put so many demands on drug testing that Arum and his entourage called off the fight "due to harassment."
“Floyd, to me, is a coward and he’s always been a coward,” Arum said. “Not a physical coward, but a coward because he’s afraid to face somebody who could beat him. And believe me, Manny Pacquiao could beat him. So he’ll go his way, we’ll go our way, and that’ll be fine."
Arum also said that HBO's Ross Greenburg tried to intervene in the negotiations but was unsuccessful.
Other possible matchups for Manny include Yuri Foreman, Paul Malignaggi, and a third bout with Juan Manuel Marquez. All three lack one tenth of the excitement which was already buzzing among the boxing community.
As for me, a confirmed Mayweather fan (some would call a nut hugger), I am extremely disappointed that the man I said was the best boxer in history would stoop to such pitiful tactics to avoid a fight everybody in the world wanted to see.
I will cross my fingers and hope something else can be worked out so the fight can still go on.
What are your thoughts?