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Pacquiao-Mayweather: Random Drug Tests Still the Biggest Hurdle in Negotiations

Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley
Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane MosleyJed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
Leo ReyesAnalyst IJanuary 21, 2011

Now that Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather has struck a plea deal with Clark County prosecutors in Nevada, it now appears the fight everyone in the world wants to see between Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will happen within the year.

One of the reasons cited by Mayweather on the recently failed Pacquiao-Mayweather fight negotiation was the pending court case of his uncle which he thought will distract their training for the fight. With this encouraging news, Floyd's apprehension certainly will come to naught and pave the way for the resumption of talks.

However, the popular and wealthy boxer has yet to get off the hook with his January 24 court battle stemming from his alleged attack on Josie Harris, his former girl friend and mother of his three children.

Be that as it may, the recurring random drug test issue is expected to come in the way of the forthcoming resumption of negotiations which could start immediately after the Pacquiao-Mosley fight on May 7.

It seems though the result of the Pacquiao-Mosley fight will have little bearing on the negotiations except perhaps on the issue of purse splits.

Two weeks before the start of the US press tour to promote the Pacquiao-Mosley fight, the Filipino ring icon is favored to win the fight on account of his quickness and superior boxing skills. The odds are reportedly 8-to-1 in favor of the pound-for-pound king.

On the ticklish Olympic-style drug testing issue, Floyd's uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather said Pacquiao should submit himself to random drug test so negotiations can proceed.

On the Ropes Boxing radio reports, Roger says in part: "If he fights my nephew, he’ll fight him at 147 and he’ll take a drug test. After he takes that drug test and we find out that he’s clean, he’ll get his ass knocked out, period! He can’t do shit with my nephew, period. So that’s what will happen and that’s why the fight never happened, because he never decided to take the test."

As shown on this portion of his statement during the interview on air, Roger Mayweather has once again challenged Pacquiao to submit to random blood testing as demanded by his nephew in order to make the fight happen.

But the more inquisitive boxing fans are saying Mayweather reportedly wants his own version of the test, which is different from the USADA version.The reported version has not been disclosed by Mayweather's camp.

This was reportedly one of the reasons why Pacquiao's camp has been reluctant on their stand during the second phase of the failed talks.

Pacquiao and Mayweather had mutually agreed to the 14-day window during the talks, but Mayweather had changed his mind and said he wants the tests done all the way up to the day of the fight.

Hopefully it will be disclosed in the projected resumption of talks so the public may know if indeed the test is different from the USADA -sanctioned rules.

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