As always, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his team like to steal Manny Pacquiao’s thunder right before his big fight. According to a FightHype report, Mayweather Jr. Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe confirmed that Pacquiao has now agreed to random blood testing, thus they are ready to talk and make the dream fight a reality. Said Ellerbe:
Now hopefully the fans will get what they want to see. It’s great to hear that they are now ready to take the same USADA random blood and urine that Floyd, Shane Mosley, and victor Ortiz have already taken. This is great for the sport of boxing and I commend Manny Pacquiao for stepping up to the plate.
He goes on to say that they are looking forward to making the fight a reality.
While nothing is yet solid, I do think that the fight will happen next year. Time is fluid, and doesn’t stop. Both are getting older, as newer, younger and stronger competition is slowly making its way up. After all the drama, I think its time this fight was made, for many reasons.
There is no more credible opposition left. There are good fighter with skills and potential, but there is no one we want to see in the ring with either Floyd or Manny. May 5 would be a good date to target for such an event, and if the miraculous thing happens and they actually sign the papers, preparations must start ASAP.
For the media, the fans, the promoters, and the venue, this will be a brand new uncharted experience, where a lot of things will go wrong along the way. To be truthful, I am not even sure that Ticketmaster.com will be able to handle such traffic when and if the tickets go on sale.
I am hoping to see this progress, and look forward to both fighters sitting down at the table to come to an agreement. Bob Arum needs to overcome his self-godliness, and stop being a roadblock to boxing history.