Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach Call Out Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Saturday March 13th, 2010 was supposed to be around the same time Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were to fight. The dream matchup never went through because Floyd wanted Pacquiao to follow pre-fight Olympics-style drug testing but Manny Pacquiao refused. Instead, Pacquiao filled the void in his schedule with Joshua Clottey and Mayweather moved onto Sugar Shane Mosley. Pacquiao whopped up on Clottey as many expected, and that naturally drew all the postfight questions regarding a potential bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Both Pacman and his trainer Freddie Roach seemed eager to touch gloves with Pretty Boy in their post fight interview on HBO PPV:

Pacquiao: “It’s up to him. For me, it’s no problem to fight him. I will fight him anytime. He should win against Mosley. If not, Mosley and I will fight. [Floyd's] style is not a difficult style; he needs to handle his business in his next fight.”

Roach: “It’s the fight the world wants to see. Me and Manny want to see it. Floyd, let the commission do their job — you don’t run the sport! Get in the ring and fight us.”

Sure, Mayweather may be scared of fighting Pacquiao — for good reason — Pacman’s dangerous. But as I’ve said before and as I’ll say again until Manny relents, submitting to random drug testing should not be a problem unless Pacquiao has something to hide. Sack up Manny, take the tests, and let’s hope for a Mayweather win so the world can get what it wants. Plus, how could either fighter turn down an easy $30-$40 million payday?

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  • fred

    And suppose if Manny wanted the fight with their right hands tied behind their back, that woud be ok too? Rules are rules. The state commissions make the rules, not the fighters.

  • Gene

    I agree with reader Fred. It is not up to a crazy bunch like the Mayweathers to make the rules. Let the commissions do their jobs.

    You like the newer full contact sports. I have seen Chuck Liddell fight and appear on dancing with the stars, not to mention making the nude workout video mentioned in your column. If ever anybody was on something those guys appear to be. Why are you not calling for them to be fully tested?

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    All paid professional athletes should be subjected to WADA olympic-style testing. The commissioner defense doesn’t hold water with me. Why can’t we call out something if we feel it’s wrong? What if they’re behind the times with their testing? Baseball had a commission and it failed miserably.

  • http://TheOtherFifteen.com Jeremy Hawn

    Your conclusion is ridiculous. Mayweather makes a baseless and wild accusation, and you believe it automatically? By your logic, anyone in any sport who hasn’t submitted to WADA-style testing is hiding something. Has Floyd submitted to that testing? No. So what is he hiding? Was he the second shooter on the grassy knoll? By your logic: yes he was, simply because I just said so without providing any evidence.

  • Lee Man

    Larry Brown..you are a fool. Your remarks do not deserve to be in a legit discussion. Floyd is simply afraid to fight Pacqman. That is obvious! He can’t believe that a fighter can be as awesome as the Pacq without some type of help. That’s his fear talking, because he knows he will be knocked out. If he decides to “Man Up”, he will find the end of his undefeated streak, looking up from the canvas.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Pacquiao first started boxing at 107 pounds. He now fights at around 147, all the while maintaining his speed and gaining strength and punching power. I can’t recall any other boxer in history to jump up that much in weight class, that quickly, and then dominate opponents with more punching power. He’s up 35% in body mass from when he started. All of this leaves me quite skeptical — for good reasons.

  • http://none Nelson Estupin

    It took Oscar de la Hoya 7 years to take 5 weight classes. In 1994 he got his first (Super Featherweight) and in 2001 he got his last (Super Welterweight). It’s taken Manny Pacquiao 12 years to take 6 weight classes. His first was in 1997 taking a Flyweight crown and he got his Welterweight last November 2009.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SZAC3BBI7GWLJ6M4EO6C2ERPMQ NomoPac

    Because they don’t negotiate it’s Dana White’s law!! Boxing -ring size,glove size,money,all negotiable!! If manny agrees both can test & then fight!! You guys know in your hearts Manny,Freddie & Arum he is burning!! Lampley,Emanuell Stewart almost put there finger on it in the Diaz fight as Pac moved up in wieght just announcing!!TEST!! FIGHT!! Theres your proof!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SZAC3BBI7GWLJ6M4EO6C2ERPMQ NomoPac

    BULL!! If Manny test’s Floyd tests! That way both are subjected to the same!!YOU don’t want the test because you believe what Larry believes !And it shows..if Manny is clean he would test NO PROBLEM! But there is one or this fight would have happened already!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SZAC3BBI7GWLJ6M4EO6C2ERPMQ NomoPac

    YOU are a fraud!! You believe or you would be why question the test!TEST!! FIGHT!! PROOF!! The End!!