An Open Letter to Manny Pacquiao: Agree to the Tests

Cliff EasthamSenior Writer IIDecember 24, 2009

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 14:  Manny Pacquiao celebrates his 12 round TKO victory against 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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By Caesar Cliffius

An Open Letter to Manny Pacquiao

Dec. 24, 2009

Dear Manny,

After having 24 hours to digest the information surrounding the cancellation of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, I have come to some different conclusions.

In my article I wrote yesterday, I was completely disappointed with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

I want to change my perception of what took place and who the actual scoundrels are in this mess.

Manny, you, Sir, must have something to hide. I have staunchly defended your reputation as an upright, clean, stand-up guy.

If you continue to refuse the stipulations (as I understand them), I am off you like a dirty shirt. You have been my second favorite active fighter, coming in just behind Money Mayweather.

I know the drug testing being requested by the Mayweather Camp is intrusive, and even a disturbance. However, if he is willing to be subjected to the same random testing, you should man up and do the right thing.

Your refusal to do so will leave nothing in the minds of fans (all of Floyd's and most of yours) other than that you must be a cheater and have something to hide.

Your own mother said in an interview that she is fearful of what may happen to you if you fight Floyd Mayweather. I know we all like to honor our mothers' wishes, in every way possible, but Sir, this is not the way to do it.

Many people (I was one of them) are placing the blame on Mayweather for trying to insist on such strenuous demands. When I read that he was perfectly willing to do everything he was asking you to do, my opinion changed.

There has been talk of you being afraid of needles, yet you have more tattoos than a drunken sailor. More whispers abound that you are fearful that blood being taken from you would deplete your strength.

We are only talking about a spoonful or two of your blood. Even as small as you are, it would clearly leave you in no altered state.

There is more money to be made from this fight than any in the hallowed annals of professional boxing. Why then would a sane man pass up all of that money and an opportunity to beat the best boxer alive, just because of some intrusive drug testing?

Again I say, Sir, if you have nothing to hide, you would want to show the world, not close up shop and go to the house.

You have been a great fighter. I have been watching you since you first dismantled Marco Antonio Berrera in 2003. Since then, you have beaten the best there is to fight. If you continue to refuse to fight Floyd, everyone (except your most sincere nut-huggers) will think those victories were tainted.

Please, Manny, in the name of everything honorable, do this thing. I don't care how unpleasant it is, how superstitious you are, or how much you don't like to be bullied into something contrary to your culture.

Fight the man. Take it out on him, not all of the fans, not to mention your wallet and your family. Millions upon millions of dollars lie in the balance.

Thank you for your time.

Cliff Eastham

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