MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s latest steroid rant against Manny Pacquiao is a clear indication that the most outspoken man in the boxing business wants no part of the Filipino boxing champion.
AP columnist Tim Dahlberg said Mayweather is unlikely to share the same boxing ring with Pacquiao because the unbeaten boxer is totally convinced that the Filipino is really into performance enhancing drugs.
“He won't fight Pacquiao unless he's convinced he doesn't use steroids -- something, by the way, that only Mayweather has accused the Filipino of doing. And there will be no convincing Mayweather that he's wrong,” Dahlberg said in his article published on Yahoo! Sports.
Dahlberg and several other sport writers witnessed Mayweather’s diatribe when the boxer was asked about his thoughts on the supposed super-fight with Pacquiao.
Mayweather even questioned Dahlberg’s patriotism for allegedly siding with Pacquiao.
''So, you're an American, right? I'm an American,'' the columnist quoted Mayweather as saying. ''I was in the Olympics. I represent the red, white and blue. You know what the American writers should say? 'Well, why's this guy from another country who comes over here and makes money taking it back to his country?”
In Dahlberg’s opinion, random drug testing is already a non-issue since Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, has already assured that the Filipino champion is willing to be tested.
“But Mayweather seems obsessed with the idea Pacquiao is juicing. He seems to truly believe that Pacquiao has some sort of super human powers other fighters don't,” he said.
Dahlberg said Mayweather’s hard-headed belief on Pacquiao on PEDs means that the super-fight everybody is raving about won’t come to fruition.
“Understand this: Despite the fervent hope of almost everyone in boxing, Mayweather will not be fighting Manny Pacquiao,” he said. “Not later this year. Not ever.”