MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. again came up with his oft-repeated excuse for not taking the challenge to fight Manny Pacquiao.
He claimed that Pacquiao’s alleged refusal to undergo random drug testing was the real reason behind the negotiation’s collapse.
“He had a chance to step up to the plate this time on May 5th and I got turned down. All I ask is for him to take random blood and urine test, the guy said he didn't want to do it, so that's why the Pacquiao fight hasn't happened,” Mayweather claimed in a report on the Examiner.
Pacquiao, who is set to defend his WBO welterweight title versus Timothy Bradley, has repeatedly said he is willing to undergo random testing just to make the fight.
The Filipino boxing champion said all he was asking for is that he be given an equal share in pay-per-view revenues.
But Mayweather refused to give in to Pacquiao’s request.
“All I ask if you are doing the same type of numbers I am doing on pay per view or you breaking numbers at the gate or you're doing record breaking numbers it’s logic to say he'd get 50/50, but if he is not doing the numbers that I am doing or doing record breaking numbers there is no way possible that can happen,” he said.
Mayweather himself is gearing up for a May 5 title fight.
He will be challenging WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, a boxer Pacquiao defeated in 2009.