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Roach Admits Pacquiao Fumble in First Mayweather Talks

By Edward Chaykovsky

Back in 2010, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao were negotiating a highly anticipated welterweight showdown. The two sides were very close to a deal and just about every significant point was agreed upon.

Just when both sides were anticipating a done deal, the negotiations took a serious turn for the worse when Pacquiao rejected Mayweather's contractual demand for a random drug testing protocol.

Pacquiao's refusal effectively crippled the negotiations and led to a lot of questions being raised regarding his incredible run through the weight divisions.

Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach, who trains Pacquiao, admits his side is to blame for the first round of negotiations falling apart.

Since that time, Pacquiao tried to offer everything, without success, to get Mayweather in the ring - including a full agreement to take part in random drug testing and even a 60-40 split of the profits.

"At first there was a blood problem, Manny not wanting to give blood testing because he didn't like that at first. When we lost our first fight together, he forgot to do the blood testing before the fight, so he had to do it the day before. The commission demanded that he do it the day before.  He said 'if I'm going to give blood, I'm not going to be back for three or four days.' He had it in his mind that would make him weak and so forth. He felt that's why he lost that fight. He kind of mentally thought that would make him weak," Roach told HBO's The Fight Game.

"The original negotiations were probably our fault for not going so well, because of the blood issues. After that we offered everything. We even offered a 60-40 split at one time. I think we ok'd that at one time. He just has been silent since that moment, never said nothing and never talks about Manny Pacquiao in fights."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by waiseguy510 on 12-29-2014

Pacquiao should just agree to Mayweathers crazy demands or not agree at all. He's making himself look bad by agreeing after the fight falls through. I'm sure during the negotiations for this fight, there may be something new that Mayweather…

Comment by Skip Bayless on 12-27-2014

Wow roach dropping bombs

Comment by JoeKidd on 12-27-2014

Why still harping on this? He did agree to do the tests eventually, and then what? The guy was just going to keep bringing up conditions until he hits paydirt. Pacquiao's PR people handled the blood test thing wrong. They…

Comment by kej718 on 12-26-2014

Does anyone know the split that is being offered? You fans of both guys keep arguing back and forth, and you don't even know what about. [B]The only actual offer I have heard recently was from Steve Espinoza and that…

Comment by littlemac on 12-26-2014

[QUOTE=DeadLikeMe;15227063]My favorite part was how in '10 they were doctors warning us of the dangers of blood draining. In 2011, accountants warning us about the corruption of VisionQwest. By 2012, they were all structural engineers assessing the feasibility of a…

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