After Sergio Martinez knocked out Paul Williams with a single punch to keep his world middleweight title, promoter Lou DiBella suggested Manny Pacquiao would be too scared to step up one more division to face the Argentinian boxer.
That’s a bit unfair.
There is no reason for Pacquiao to step up to middleweight (unless he wants to). If he keeps stepping up, he’ll eventually run into somebody who is simply too strong for him.
Anyway, the only fight for Pacman is Floyd Mayweather.
Imagine if, just before the 2010 soccer World Cup final, Spain and Holland decided not to play.
Can you even think of a scenario in which the two teams simply walk away, each claiming bragging rights as world champs without actually settling the matter on the pitch?
The idea seems too ludicrous to comprehend, but that is exactly the situation facing boxing if Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fail to slug it out.
Manny Pacquiao was simply fantastic the way he demolished Antonio Margarito on Saturday. (CLICK HERETO READ THE REPORTS)
Not only did he dominate the Mexican, but he also took his shots.
But now it’s time for Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather to oblige the boxing world – Pacman versus Pretty Boy.
I have my doubts the fight will come off, but that is surely the only bout that boxing fans truly want to see. David Haye against the Klitschko’s?
Not really. It’s all happening at welterweight.
Come on, Mayweather. Come on, Pacquiao. Forget about the contractual details over doping tests – do your jobs and fight!
Manny Pacquiao has been hospitalised because of a “mild ulcer”.
Every boxing fan will hope it’s not serious, but there are likely to be questions about the cause.
Is it stress-related as a result of his new political career? Or over negotiations for a possible fight against Floyd Mayweather?
The irony is, according to a book on trivia I read recently, ulcers aren’t caused by stress, but by a bacteria (I’m not a doctor, so don’t quote me).
Whatever the reason, hopefully it’s not going to be a factor should he finally agree to a fight against Pretty Boy.
Getting Manny Pacquiao to agree to Olympic-style dope testing is like tapping blood from a stone.
The great Filiipino boxer has relaxed his stance and is now prepared to give blood up to 14 days before a super-bout against Floyd Mayweather.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Mayweather rejects this offer.
Pacquiao must understand that there are no half-measures when it comes to anti-doping. Having blood taken WILL NOT weaken him before a fight. All he needs to do is ask some of the Philippines athletes who competed at the Beijing Olympics.
Don’t get me wrong – I really hope the fight comes off, but I believe Pacquiao needs to accept the dope testing requirements in their entirety.
It’s the same for Olympic stars Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps, and you don’t hear them complaining!
Come on, Pacman, you’re the only man who can come close to ending Mayweather’s unbeaten record.
At last, a welterweight fight to look forward to.
Sugar Shane Mosley will face Floyd Mayweather jnr on May 1 in a bout that will surely attract more world attention (outside the Philippines, that is) than Manny Pacquiao versus Joshua Clottey on March 13.
Mosley-Mayweather has been talked about for a long while and it’s about time it got signed.
But I do wonder about the drug-testing requirements. Did Mayweather again insist on following the Wada rules, or not?
It’s an intriguing match-up although I reckon Mayweather has the edge (having said that, I’m not writing Mosley off). I don’t expect it to be an all-action thriller, but it’ll be scientific, perhaps like watching Stephen Hawking against Albert Einstein, if you know what I mean.
So the Manny Pacquiao v Floyd Mayweather jnr bout is off.
The stumbling block has been Mayweather’s insistence to adhere to the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s methods of testing. Usada is one of many national anti-doping agencies who are members of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), who lead the fight against drugs in sport.
Wada requires that athletes submit urine and blood samples before and after their events – and the tests can be conducted randomly. The blood can reveal use of certain performance-enhancing drugs not detectable in urine samples. Furthermore, blood samples allow for testers to create what they call a biological passport for all athletes, thereby allowing them to detect illegal drug use with more ease.
The blood samples and also be stored for several years and retested with new methods in the future, which could allow them to find a substance that may be currently undetectable.
Every Olympic athlete must give their consent to submit both urine and blood samples if they want to compete at the Games (as well as many other international and national events). The 15 athletes who represented the Philippines at the 2008 Beijing Olympics would have been subjected to the same rules (Philippines is also a member of Wada, by the way). As a matter of interest, Pacquiao was the flagbearer for the team, although he didn’t compete there and therefore wouldn’t have undergone any of the tests.
The importance of random testing is that it allows testers to get to the athletes out of competition, which is when drug cheats are more likely to be using illegal substances. There is no reason why Pacquiao should be exempt from the rule of random testing.
Pacman, the only boxer to have won world titles at seven weights, has complained that submitting a blood sample before the fight would weaken him.
One has to assume that Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt would have given blood samples before some of his record-breaking feats of the past two years. He certainly didn’t complain about being weakened. The same is true of many other world sporting heroes, including Michael Phelps and Roger Federer. Admittedly, Lance Armstrong had a little whinge about the timing of the testing during last year’s Tour de France, but he got on with the job.
As it happens, I spoke to an anti-doping doctor before the Beijing Olympics asking him if taking blood would weaken an athlete, and he replied that it wouldn’t because the sample was too small (a few millilitres, apparently).
And if Pacman is going to be weakened by giving the blood sample, then so too will Mayweather!
I have also seen reports stating that Pacquiao is superstitious about giving blood too close before a fight. Tough luck – these are the rules to combat drug cheating, and it’s far more important to fight dopers than it is to uphold one boxer’s personal belief.
I can’t see any logical reason for Pacman’s refusal to use Usada, except that professional boxing is one sport that is not a signatory to Wada (apart from countries signing up, sporting federations are also individual members of Wada). If the various organisations that litter professional boxing were all signatories, Pacman wouldn’t have a choice.
Wada demands a two-year ban for testing positive for steroids, but boxers like James Toney and Roy Jones jnr have escaped with relative wrist-slaps for steroid infringements. So far, no professional boxer I know of has ever been suspended for two years for such an offence.
Quite honestly, I applaud Mayweather for demanding Usada supervision (because it’s time for professional boxing to enter the 21st century), and I blame Pacquiao for scuppering the fight.
The sad thing is that I believe Pacquiao would have won the fight.
This is potentially the biggest bout of all time and boxing fans deserve it. Pacquiao should not have the right to wreck it.
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It wasn’t exactly a taunt, but in his own quiet way Manny Pacquiao fired back at braggart Floyd Mayweather.
On his arrival home on Friday Pacquiao referred to the fact that his bout against Miguel Cotto earned more pay-per-views than Mayweather’s last fight. “We are not forcing a fight with him. It is right that he is the one challenging me, because my fights score more on pay-per-view.”
Well said, Pacman!