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Mayweather to Pacquiao: No Blood Tests, No Fight

Philippine News, Posted: May 04, 2010

LAS VEGASMoments after overwhelming Shane Mosley in a unanimous 12-round decision, undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr. flung down the gauntlet to Manny Pacquiao: Take the blood and urine test and well fight.

If not, no fight, the American said.

Mayweather, boxings biggest box office draw, rebounded from a close call in the second round to dominate Mosley in their welterweight fight on Saturday (Sunday morning in Manila), then vowed he would not fight Pacquiao unless the Filipino star accepted his condition.

That deal-breaking condition means boxing fans will likely continue to suffer without real hope of seeing the two stars of the era meet in the ring in their pugilistic prime. Mosley agreed to the tests in order to make the fight with Mayweather happen.

He done what I asked him to do. He took a blood and urine test, Mayweather said.

If every athlete in the sport of boxing is clean, take the test, I want to be on an even playing field. Thats all I ask.

Boxing fans have savored the prospect of a Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown, if only to decide the mythical title of the world's best pound-for-pound fighter. The 33-year-old Mayweather had been expected to meet Pacquiao earlier this year until negotiations collapsed over the American's demand for random drug testing. Mayweather had insisted on random pre-fight blood tests, beyond typical governing body doping tests, before he would face Pacquiao.

Mosley then stepped in to take the Filipino's place, when the latter refused additional tests.

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