|Manny Pacquiao says he will take the blood tests prior to a potential Mayweather clash|
“Fourteen days is okay with me, as long as it isn’t done on the day of the fight, and only the right amount of blood will be drawn from me,” Manny Pacquiao on giving blood prior to a fight with Mayweather
If the forums, social networking sites and UK press are anything to go by, British boxing fans are chomping at the bit, for the fight the whole boxing world is waiting for and needs, Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao.
Reports coming out of the Pacquiao camp are that he is willing to compromise and take the blood tests, that team Mayweather have insisted take place prior to any potential meeting of the pair.
Manny Pacquiao would be willing to take a blood test 14 days prior to a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr, local media reports said, edging the two men regarded as the world’s best pound-for-pound boxers closer to a showdown.
Talks between the fighters’ camps stalled earlier this year over Pacquiao’s refusal to agree to Mayweather’s demands for Olympic-style random drug testing, with the Filipino saying he did not want blood drawn from him too close to a fight.
“Fourteen days is okay with me, as long as (the blood test) isn’t done on the day of the fight, and only the right amount of blood will be drawn from me,” Pacquiao told Filipino media.
Pacquiao’s compromise could bring the two camps back to the negotiating table for a fight many feel would have the potential to be the sport’s richest ever.
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Since talks broke down, Mayweather eased to a decisive points victory over fellow American Shane Mosley earlier this month in a welterweight non-title bout that drew 1.4 million pay-per-view buyers.
That followed Pacquiao’s mauling of Ghana’s Joshua Clottey in March. The seven-weight champion has since been elected to congress back home and will need to fit his training regime in with parliament sessions after being sworn in on June 30.
However, Pacquiao believes he is perfectly capable of being able to pursue both a boxing and political career.
“I will attend (congress) sessions in the morning until afternoon then I go to the gym around 4 or 5 pm,” Pacquiao told the Manila Bulletin.
“I will stay in the country during training camp then with two weeks before the fight, I will fly to the US.”
The on off fight between the two best pound for pound fighters in the world could finally gather enough steam to make it a reality, here are some of the latest press reports on the on off boxing saga that promises to be the super fight of our era.
- Manny Pacquiao should quit after fighting Floyd Mayweather says coach (guardian.co.uk)
- Manny Pacquiao v. Floyd Mayweather Jr.: The Scoop of the Mega-Fight (bleacherreport.com)
- Mayweather wants Pacquiao after stylish win over Mosley (cnn.com)
- Manny Pacquiao: Ducking Floyd Mayweather, or Just Hiding Something? (bleacherreport.com)
- Manny Pacquiao Puts the Heat on Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (bleacherreport.com)
- Pacquiao targets one last fight (news.bbc.co.uk)
- Floyd Mayweather is the Greatest Ever? Don’t Let Him Fool You (bleacherreport.com)
- Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather: It’s On! (bleacherreport.com)
- Why the Mayweather-Mosley Fight Passes the Test (time.com)
- Aide: Congressman Pacquiao to Fight in November (abcnews.go.com)
- Negotiations back on for Pacquiao-Mayweather (cbc.ca)
- Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather: Who is no.1? (trueslant.com)
- Pacquiao agrees to 14 day blood test cut off (trueslant.com)