Manny Pacquiao Agrees To Mayweather's Terms, but Is Floyd Hiding?

Joe OneillCorrespondent IIMay 24, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines celebrates in the ring after defeating Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao defeated Clottey by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Almost immediately after the Mayweather-Mosley fight, there were numerous claims that Manny Pacquiao came out and said he would agree to the 14-day blood testing limit as required by Floyd Mayweather Jr.

These claims were quickly squashed by Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, who called the quotes "unsubstantiated and false."

Since then, both camps have been suspiciously quiet on any progress regarding their fight, or in announcing any future fights.

Over the past week, there's been a considerable amount of chatter, gossip and innuendo that Manny has agreed to Mayweather's demand for blood testing up to 14 days prior to the fight.

And, Floyd quickly back-pedaled and is now asking for blood testing all the way up to the day of the fight.

My sources include some folks within the Pacquiao camp, but nothing from Mayweather.

The most formal announcement, thus far, comes from one of the most prestigious news organizations in the world. The BBC reported that Pacquiao had, indeed, agreed to the 14-day limit.

It begs the question.

What is wrong with Floyd Mayweather Jr.?

The minute Pacquiao agreed to the terms, the fight should have been scheduled. The terms had already been agreed upon last December.

If this is true, it only substantiates that Pacquiao was a clean fighter all along, and Mayweather is scared of facing him and risking his undefeated record.

I can't blame Pacquiao one bit for wanting a 14-day cutoff for blood testing. As bad and tired as Shane Mosley looked in his fight against Mayweather, some are questioning if the blood testing had a lot to do with that.

I have no idea why the fight wouldn't be announced, other than Floyd is once again changing his mind.

Perhaps Arum wanted to wait until the goodwill of Pacquiao's congressional victory had worn off?

Perhaps there are still more terms to be negotiated. Perhaps nobody wants to announce anything until the paperwork is officially signed to avoid another public relations disaster.

I have to tip my hat to Pacquiao for being the bigger man and making this fight happen. It's obvious he wants to fight Floyd, and is willing to play Mayweather's little mind games to make it happen.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.