By Rick Reeno
The situation taking place with Manny Pacquiao is exactly what many feared would happen. As I previously reported on BoxingScene.com, Manny Pacquiao's troubles will not end with Floyd Mayweather Jr. If the camps representing Pacquiao and Mayweather do not reach an agreement with respect to the random Olympic-style drug testing for their tentative March 13 bout - other potential opponents will make the same demands for the random Olympic-style drug testing.
Richard Schaefer, CEO for Golden Boy Promotions [representing Mayweather] told BoxingScene's Robert Morales that random Olympic style drug testing would have to be involved if any boxer under the Golden Boy banner was going to face Pacquiao.
We previously reported that WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley was willing to replace Mayweather and fight Pacquiao in March or April.
Bradley's promoter Gary Shaw is taking the same position as Schaefer. Shaw informed BoxingScene.com on Thursday that random Olympic style drug testing would have be involved if Bradley was going to fight Pacquiao.
"We would gladly fight Pacquiao, but he would have to undergo the same tests that Mayweather is asking for. We would gladly fight him at 140 or 147," Shaw told BoxingScene.com.
So far, Pacquiao will not agree to the random drug testing protocols of the US Anti Doping Agency. Top Rank, who promote Pacuqiao, are looking at alternative agencies but Golden Boy/Mayweather are holding the line for the USADA - because of the oganization's strict "random" testing methods. Pacquiao will agree to take three blood tests - before the January press conference, 30-days before the fight and immediately after the conclusion of the Mayweather fight. Golden Boy/Mayweather are not looking for set test dates. They want random testing for both fighters during their training camps.
If Mayweather-Pacquiao falls apart over the testing issue, Shaw believes the situation will become a lot worse for Pacquiao.
"If he doesn't do the tests with Mayweather, I believe the only fights that Pacquiao will be able to get are with fighters who are with Top Rank. All other promoters are going to want to know that they are fighting on level playing field," Shaw said.
"If Pacquiao is truly afraid of needles as Top Rank claims, how did he get the tattoos? Did he go to a carnival and go to the kiddie booth to get transfers done?"