Mayweather Speaks, Blames Pacquiao for Fight Collapse

Alan ThomsonCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21:  Floyd Mayweather of America talks to the press as he announces the fight between himself and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico on May 21, 2009 in London, England. The fight's set to take place on July 18, 2009 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
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Floyd Mayweather has issued a written statement regarding the negotiations between his representatives and those of Manny Pacquiao:

"In my opinion, it is Manny Pacquiao and his team who are denying the people a chance to see the biggest fight ever. I know the people will see through their smokescreens and lies. I am ready to fight and sign the contract. Manny needs to stop making his excuses, step up and fight."

Mayweather stated that he agreed to cut off blood testing 14 days prior to the fight, and that Pacquiao was not willing to agree.

Mayweather also said, "First and foremost, not only do I want to fight Manny Pacquiao, I want to whip his punk ass. The truth is he just doesn't want to take the tests."

A statement was also issued by Daniel Weinstein, who mediated the Tuesday negotiations:

"In the end, the parties could not agree on a testing protocol acceptable to all."