The messages coming from the Mayweather camp today are clear, firstly they want the fight with Manny Pacquiao to happen just as much as everyone else does, and secondly random blood testing is still the main issue both sides have yet to agree on. After months of speculation Roger Mayweather today shed some light on the possible next move of his currently low profile nephew.
Whether or not Roger is telling the truth here, the fact that his nephew isn’t the one coming out and saying all this means it doesn’t carry much weight at this stage. As close knit as the Mayweather trio are, it seems Floyd Jr. clearly acts under his own cognizance and doesn’t always make it clear to his team what he intends to do.
Speaking to John Martinez of Boxscore, Roger had this to say:
“This fight has to happen; we want this fight,”
The fight for my nephew is Manny. This is the fight that makes the most sense when talking about money making, but also, this fight has to happen cause it’s important to the fans. The people want to see this fight and they should get what they want.”
“I’m sure you’ll see Floyd fight before the year’s out,”
Ironically one of the main reasons it is thought Floyd won’t fight again this year is because Roger won’t be there to train him because of his legal problems. Throughout whatever training camp Floyd could now put together in time for a fight by the end of this year, Roger would be either busy in court or more likely serving a jail term.
Not to mention there aren’t many big name opponents available for the end of the year at this late stage. Williams and Martinez look close to fighting each other again, Pacquiao, Cotto, Margarito, Mosley and even the light welterweight champions all have fights either confirmed or close to being made. So as much as Floyd might want to fight, finding a decent opponent could be a real problem by the end of the year.
Of course as usual it wouldn’t have been a Roger Mayweather interview without some of his customary offensive ranting against all things Pacquiao.
“I’m hearing people say my nephew’s scared of Manny Pacquiao. Floyd ain’t scared of Manny. Lil’ Floyd ain’t scared of s**t, why should he be. Let me ask this question, who’s been knocked out twice?”
This motherf***er says he agreed to tests, but he really didn’t. He wants to know when these tests are happening and he wants them to end at a certain time. How the f**k is that random drug testing?”
So clearly the random blood testing issue, previously believed to have been worked out, is still alive and kicking. The problem probably still coming down to Mayweather wanting fully random testing and Pacquiao and his team having accepted as much as a 14 day cut off so far.
One thing is for sure though, if Don King succeeds in signing Floyd Mayweather it will be interesting to see whether he can exert any influence over the situation and help to get the problem resolved. After weeks of bragging that he and Bob Arum could put the fight together quickly and easily, it doesn’t seem any closer right now than it ever has.
Adrian Lewis, Pittsburgh: “How does Roger think Floyd is going to fight without any trainer, has Roger not worked that whole thing out yet?”
Boris Schemenov, Philly: “Simmer down Roger, concentrate on your court case”