by Phil D. Jay
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has given the clearest indication yet that he is willing to abide by the conditions laid down by Floyd Mayweather in order to get a 2012 fight between the two pound for pound greats. Mayweather, 35, has insisted that Pacquiao agrees to USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency) random drug testing before any potential fight between them and the Filipino is willing to agree if certain terms can be met.
The 32 year-old, according to promoter Bob Arum, has given the green light to the random testing, but has provisions set so that ‘Money’ doesn’t have negotiations all his own way. The eight-time world champion has offered to take the tests, but only if a neutral organization is involved, ruling out being tested by the USADA, which Mayweather wanted.
"We have agreed in the Pacquiao camp to unlimited random testing done by a responsible, neutral organization," Arum told an ESPN report.
"We don't believe USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) is a neutral organization.”
Top Rank supremo Arum has suggested that an organisation that deals with Athletes at Olympic level could be drafted in to administer the tests and replace the USADA for this special circumstance.
"I don't think anybody's test is as vigorous as the test administered by the Olympic Organization.
“If Mayweather says he's agreeable to us, then we can have the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight next year," added Arum.
Phil D. Jay covers the boxing scene for worldboxingnews.net