Here’s what’s up: the possibility of the best fight in the last 10 years—a potential classic for the ages—down the tubes.
As a boxing fan, I will not attempt to gloss this over.
This is big and very disturbing news.
So let’s take this at face value. Let’s accept the latest reports and assume this fight is dead.
First, like a recovering addict, we need to admit we have a problem.
People should acknowledge a problem with the Mayweather camp.
Requesting Olympic-style blood testing for this fight was over the top. Suspicions be damned, this is a lot to ask.
Standard, strenuous urine testing before and after a fight seemed good enough for these fighters' combined 95 previous fights, but it's not good enough for one more?
That said, let’s not ignore the 500-pound gorilla in the room. The big ape named Team Pacquiao that refuses to play along and take the darn test.
We, as sports fans, need to ask the same question that we’ve gotten good at asking our star athletes the past few years, “If you have nothing to hide, why not take the test?”
Manny has as many tattoos as the average NBA player, and unless he accumulated all that ink by some new-fangled laser process, his so-called aversion to needles is a crock.
By not agreeing to the testing that many athletes in other sports are subjected to, Pacquiao is putting himself in the dubious company of folks like Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
And that's not good for anyone's legacy, no matter how many division titles one guy can win.
Second, we need to figure out how to put all these shenanigans behind us and get this fight back on track.
There are 50 million-plus reasons why this fight should happen, and apparently only one why it should not.
If you’re a betting man, then you should like those odds.
Floyd "Money" Mayweather is all about just that.
That being his moniker, you would think that the potential to rake in $50 million for one night would be enough motivation for Floyd Jr. to make this happen.
Any idea how many Philippine pesos can be exchanged for 50 million American dollars?
Somewhere in the vicinity of two billion-plus pesos, give or take a few hundred million.
With Pacquiao's intention of running for office and single-handedly trying to improve his country's standing, this would surely stock the coffers.
Win or lose, $2 billion in exchange for a couple of drops of blood seems like a pretty good deal.
Third, we need to hear from someone other than Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
These guys are promoters, hype men, the best in the business.
And I don't trust a word out of their mouths.
We've heard from Floyd Jr. already, now let's hear from Manny himself. Any chance we can get him on Larry King or Oprah in the next couple days?
Maybe Manny's reasons have been lost in translation, somewhere along the way.
Is it possible that between the Arum promotion machine and Pacquiao's massive entourage, signals have gotten crossed?
Let's give the seven-division champ the benefit of the doubt and hear what he has to say.
Maybe he can clear up this muddy water.
Lastly, if, after all attempts, this fight still does not come to fruition, we need to [gulp] look at other potential fights.
And sadly, that’s where this article ends.
I can’t think of another matchup for either of these fighters that holds even half the interest of this lost mega-fight.