Thursday, January 7, 2010
"First and foremost, not only do I want to fight Manny Pacquiao, I want to whip his punk ass."
The day after their fight was canceled, Floyd Mayweather Jr. said Thursday night that he still wants to fight Manny Pacquiao. The fight, which was supposed to be THE most lucrative fight in boxing history, was called off Wednesday night when mediaton failed to resolve issues over drug testing protocol. Pacquiao didn't want any blood testing but agreed to take three blood tests: one during the week of the kickoff news conference, one random test to be conducted no later than 30 days before the fight; and a final test in his dressing room after the fight. Mayweather would have been subject to the same testing. Pacquiao's camp says, "Manny accepted what was on the table and Mayweather rejected it."
Mayweather claims, "In my opinion it is Manny Pacquiao and his team who are denying the people a chance to see the biggest fight ever. I know the people will see through their smoke screens and lies. I am ready to fight and sign the contract. Manny needs to stop making his excuses, step up and fight."
The drug testing became an issue when Floyd Mayweather Sr., the father of the fighter, made public remarks accusing Pacquiao of using PEDs without proof. Pacquiao denies it and has never failed a drug test.The accusations led Pacquiao to file a defamation lawsuit in Nevada U.S. District Court. Had the fight done the monster numbers organizers expected, it would have likely generated in the neighborhood of $200 million with the fighters receiving roughly $40 million apiece.