How Manny Pacquiao Should Handle This Drug Testing Farce

Joe OneillCorrespondent IIDecember 23, 2009

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 14:  (R-L) Manny Pacquiao throws a right to the head of Miguel Cotto during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao played this one all wrong. When confronted with a clause stating that he must submit to IOC standard drug testing of both urine and blood, he froze. 

He got hit with a haymaker and went down for the count.

His excuse for not wanting to get tested was that he was 'superstitious'. 

Who is he kidding?

Where was a spin doctor around when he needed one?

First, he should have said he had never, ever tested positive for any kind of banned substance. He was clean and disgusted that Floyd would ask for additional testing. The insinuation that he was a cheat.

Second, he should have agreed to the test.

That's right. No questions asked. Agreed to it. 

With two conditions.

Since Floyd Mayweather apparently thinks he's above the rules of the Nevada Boxing Commission, he should have one-upped Pretty Boy.

Hit him with a counter to the kidneys.

He should have demanded his own clause stating that the weigh-in wouldn't happen the customary 24 hours prior to the fight. 

It would happen one hour before the fight.

And, if either fighter was even one tenth of an ounce over the 147-pound weight limit, not only would he forfeit, he would agree to reimburse the other fighter for $25 million in lost wages.

That's right - $25 million.

In his last fight, Floyd came in four pounds over the weight limit against Marquez. Marquez, ever the gentleman, agreed to allow the fight to go on.

Floyd then put on an additional 12 pounds before fight time. 

In actuality, he was fighting around 160 pounds rather than 147.

Anyone will tell you that, at that level, an additional four lbs is a tremendous advantage. It's an additional four lbs behind every punch. It's like one fighter wearing eight-ounce gloves and another wearing 16-pound gloves.

In my opinion, it's more of an advantage than any steroids.

Floyd Mayweather is essentially accusing Manny Pacquiao of being a cheater. But whose the real cheater?

That's right, Pretty Boy. 

He's a world champion, the self proclaimed best 'pound for pound fighter' in the world. 

And he can't make weight?

What is this? Amateur hour? Give me a break. He knew how to come in the much bigger fighter and essentially bullied Marquez into taking the fight even though he didn't make weight.

Manny could have put the ball back in Floyd's corner. Make him fight at an honest 147 lbs or risk everything he owned. 

Do you think Floyd would agree?

I don't. 

Floyd is depending upon a weight advantage as he always has. 

At that point, it wouldn't have mattered if Manny was juiced or not. I think, at an honest 147 pounds, he takes apart Floyd Mayweather. 

I think Floyd knows that as well and he's looking for any advantage he can dream up.

This fight is going to happen, there is just too much money involved for both fighters. 

It's hard to believe Manny didn't have someone around him giving him advise of this nature. Maybe he needs to start listening to Freddie Roach and stop singing?

At any rate, in this fight, the first round goes to the Mayweathers for dreaming up this blood testing hoopla. It's got Manny on the ropes.

Don't bet he'll stay there for long.