I didn’t think that Manny Pacquiao was taking performance enhancing steroids before, but now I’m a little suspicious. In the latest of this ongoing saga to seal the deal for one of the biggest money-making fights in boxing, Pacman is now preparing to sue Mayweather for defamation. According to espn,
“Enough is enough. These people, Mayweather Sr., [Mayweather] Jr. and Golden Boy Promotions, think it is a joke and a right to accuse someone wrongly of using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs,” said Pacquiao, who denied that he has ever used any banned substance and who has passed all of his drug tests. “I have tried to just brush it off as a mere prefight ploy, but I think they have gone overboard.”
Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, is already making alternate plans for a fight on March 13 in case this Mayweather situation can’t be worked out:
“I reached out to Lou DiBella [Malignaggi's promoter], and we’re going to schedule that fight for March 13 unless something drastically changes with this Mayweather thing,” Arum told ESPN.com on Friday, just before leaving for a working vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. “I’m not going to leave Manny without a fight because of this nonsense [with Mayweather].”
Ironically, Malignaggi also has repeatedly accused Pacquiao of using PEDs.
Doesn’t it seem like the easiest solution would be for Pacquiao to just submit to the random testing and fight Mayweather, or does he have something to hide? Although this Olympic-style testing is not mandatory, it’s the last holdup and Pacquiao simply does not want to get tested the week before the fight. Hmmmmmmm…. Or is this whole thing a ploy to promote the next 24/7?