Mayweather insists upon the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) conducting drug tests for the fight under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) procedures, opening the fighters to random blood tests at any time and in the days before the fight.
Pacquiao does not want blood drawn at any time near the fight, especially the potential for a disruptive early morning call, and wants a private firm such as those who handle US team sports to conduct a compromise set of tests at specific times, not including the days before the fight.
Typical doping tests at a Las Vegas fight involve only urine samples, but Pacquiao was agreeable to blood tests to satisfy Mayweather, although Arum (Top Rank promoter) has said the issue was a ploy by Mayweather to avoid facing Pacquiao at all.
Here’s the complete statement from Top Rank and Pacquiao:
SARANGANI, PHILIPPINES (Dec. 25) Saying that his character and person has been questioned, maligned damaged and tarnished by baseless accusations, pound-for-pound boxing king Manny Pacquiao and promoter Top Rank Inc. announced today the filing of a lawsuit within the next few days against the Mayweathers, Floyd Sr. and Jr., et al, and Golden Boy Promotions.
Enough is enough. These people, Mayweather Sr., 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. I have tried to just brush it off as a mere pre-fight ploy but I think they have gone overboard, said Pacquiao in Tagalog while celebrating Christmas with his family here.
I have instructed my promoter, Bob Arum head Top Rank Inc., to help me out in the filing of the case as soon as possible because I have had people coming over to me now asking if I really take performance-enhancing drugs and have cheated my way to become the No. 1 boxer in the world, said Pacquiao.
Libel, slander and a defamation suit are being readied against the accused to once and for all clear out Pacquiao’s good name and character.
Save it for the ring boys!