For years, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have teased boxing fans with the prospect of a super-fight between the two, but it almost became a reality in 2010.
According to a contract obtained by Yahoo Sports, Mayweather and Pacquiao almost finalized a deal in 2009, with both fighters in agreement about a 50/50 split. However, Pacquiao wasn’t willing to undergo Olympic style drug testing (OSDT), bringing an abrupt end to their negotiations.
Pacquiao eventually agreed to OSDT during their last round of negotiations, as long as it isn’t administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency – the official drug testing agency for U.S. Olympic, Paralympic, Pan-American and ParaPan American sport.
When Floyd tried to secure a May 5 fight against Pacquiao, the Filipino congressman seemed disinterested at first, but he quickly changed his tune when it looked like Mayweather would begin an 87 day jail sentence in January. In a surprising twist, Mayweather’s sentence was postponed, putting Pacquiao in an awkward situation.
Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum no longer seemed eager to face Mayweather, making up some rather silly excuses involving everything from a cut suffered against Juan Manuel Marquez, to the MGM Grand – arguably the number one fight venue in the world – not being big enough.
While it would be a little unfair to say that Pacquiao is scared to face the sports’ pound-for-pound king, it’s pretty obvious that he’s gone out of his way to avoid OSDT.
Pacquiao has many great accomplishments inside the ring, but he’ll never get full credit for his deeds, due to the way he’s balked at OSDT, while most of the superstars in the sport have embraced it.
As long as he continues to avoid OSDT, boxing fans will remain suspicious of his accomplishments, as Prenice Brewer reminded us all on June 1.
“Freddie, Pacquiao on steroids, I don’t know what hell you up here talking about,” Brewer said after losing via unanimous decision to Ronald Cruz. “Freddie, Pacquiao on steroids and he off it now and he look like [expletive].”
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David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.