MANILA, Philippines – Controversial boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. no longer sees the need to fight Manny Pacquiao after seeing the Filipino go down against Juan Manuel Marquez.
The American boxer, who has repeatedly reasoned his way out of a Pacquiao fight, claimed that he would have fought the Filipino boxer if not for the Filipino’s recent defeat.
"I don't think the fight really has much weight anymore. I wanted that fight to happen in the past, I wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao,” Mayweather said in an interview with ESPN.
Mayweather said all he asked from Pacquiao was to undergo random urine and drug testing.
He claimed that this barred the fight from happening. “I asked urine and blood testing and he didn't want to do it,” said Mayweather.
“I'm one of the pioneers that talked about random blood and urine testing. As you can see as Floyd talked about testing, you see athletes in baseball, in cycling and in boxing getting caught in performance enhancing drugs (PEDs),” he said.
Mayweather failed to mention about his demand for an uneven split in fight revenues and also refused to acknowledge that Pacquiao eventually agreed to unlimited testing.
Mayweather said Pacquiao will need to get back from his successive defeats to secure the superfights.
Aside from the sixth-round defeat to Marquez, Pacquiao also lost a controversial decision to Timothy Bradley.
“Manny Pacquiao still has Timothy Bradley problems, he still has Marquez problems [before he gets to me],” said Mayweather.