According to ESPN UK, Bob Arum has stated that Manny Pacquiao is willing to go undergo random drug testingÂ in the event thatÂ a fight with rival Floyd Mayweather presents itself. Parties of the two camps have attempted on a coupleÂ ofÂ occasions to put together what would be the richest fight in boxing history but the issueÂ of randomÂ drug testing appeared to stall the bout from occurring. Floyd is adamant of random testing all the way to the day of the fight while Pacquiao has stated he would like a few days cut off before the fight date.
Manny has risen from the lower weight classes of boxing and has amazingly knocked out dangerous foes in the welterweight and light welterweight classes. Rumors started to circle (without any hard evidence) that Manny’s impressive accomplishments were due to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Mayweather, who lost his number one pound for pound tag to Manny in the last couple of years, has stated that whoever he steps in the ring with must participate in full random drug testing without any deviations.
“We have agreed in the Pacquiao camp to unlimited random testing done by a responsible, neutral organization,” Arum said.
There is a caveat however; Arum has refused to allow the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to be in charge of such testing for Manny. The USADA is Floyd’s testing authority of choice and Arum has indicated he would favorÂ the Olympic Organization to hold the testing.
“We don’t believe USADA is a neutral organization,” Arum explained, “I don’t think anybody’s test is as vigorous as the test administered by the Olympic Organization. And we can arrange for the Olympic Organization to handle the test under the supervision of the Athletic commission respective of the state where the fight is going to be held.”
Both Mayweather and Manny have fights scheduled for the fall of this year, against Victor Ortiz and Juan Manuel Marquez respectively. Should they both win their bouts, Arum says he will look into finally matching the two together for next year.