For almost two years, boxing fans from around the world have been clamoring and practically begging Floyd Mayweather Jr. to face Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao in the ring.
On record, Pacquiao has acceded to almost everything that Floyd Mayweather Jr had imposed for him to agree to face the pound-for-pound king in the ring which included random blood tests, fight purse, venue, weight limits, and billing, among other things.
The major point of disagreement during the early part of negotiations was the random blood testing which Mayweather demanded before he agrees to face the Filipino champion.
Mayweather said he was doing it in order to clean boxing of illegal drugs that compromise the safety of professional boxers. It was indeed a noble idea from the undefeated boxer, but it became obvious during the first phase of negotiations that it was not meant to be.
The illegal drug issue surfaced when Floyd's father claimed he knew Pacquiao was taking performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) after taking note of the Filipino boxer's winning streak over much bigger opponents.
The charges made by Mayweather's camp stunned boxing fans who knew Pacquaio has always been a clean boxer. Pacquiao himself denied being a drug user, and has never failed a drug test in Nevada. He put forth his untainted record with the sports regulating body of the state.
But Mayweather's camp maintained the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) is not qualified to handle random drug tests as Floyd had previously demanded. He instead offered the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to do the testing.
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum balked at Mayweathers' demand, saying NSAC is the legal agency that should do it and not USADA. But Mayweather claimed NSAC does have the capability to do random drug test.
The random drug testing issue has become the main stumbling block of the much-desired Pacquiao-Mayweather match. Numerous other minor issues, have been mutually resolved.
Despite the mutually agreed upon 14-day random drug testing window, Mayweather is now demanding that the random test should now be done all the way up to the day of the fight.
Despite the ever-changing demand by Mayweather camp, Pacquiao said he has agreed to just about everything that Floyd wanted for the fight to happen last November 13th. But Floyd went on a silent mode, and Arum had to turn to Antonio Margarito, an inferior opponent who lost to Pacquiao via a unanimous decision.
After the Pacquiao-Margarito fight, Bob Arum said he has still Mayweather on top of his list for Pacquiao's April 16th scheduled fight in Las Vegas.
A few days ago, Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer said Mayweather will have to wait until after January 24th, when the undefeated boxer appears in a Nevada court for his multiple cases of assault.
Schaefer, who has promoted all of Mayweather's fights since 2007, said Saturday his preference is to respect the legal process in Nevada before scheduling a Mayweather fight.
Arum said no elected Nevada judge is going to interfere with a bout that could generate $500 million in the state's economy.
"What kind of stupid comment is that from a Harvard lawyer?," Schaefer asked. "Not everyone thinks money first. Money is not above everything. I don't care how much money this is. There's no price on doing things the right way, and if Floyd wants to let his legal process play out before he agrees to the fight, I support him."
Being a lawyer, Arum likely knows that the cases Floyd is facing will not stand in the way of the fight, as appropriate arrangements can be made through his lawyers.
This time, it seems Richard Shaefer is running out of excuses to have his guy face Pacquiao in the ring on April 16.
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