MANILA, Philippines – Filipino champ Manny Pacquiao may have underwent blood testing before his fight against Briton Ricky Hatton but it was done 24 days before the fight, according to boxing Website report.
A report by BoxingScene.com’s Rick Reeno said that according to a document copy outlining Pacquiao's blood test for his May 2 fight with Hatton, the test was taken by Dr. Richard Gluckman and sent to Quest Diagnostics on April 8, 2009.
This is 24 days before the fight with Hatton, contrary to claims made by the camp of Floyd Mayweather Jr. that the test was done 14 days before the May 2 fight.
The Mayweather camp used a footage of HBO reality show “Pacquiao/Hatton 24/7” to counter Pacquiao’s claim that giving blood near the fight affects his performance inside the ring.
The negotiation for a blockbuster Pacquiao-Mayweather fight has went into a deadlock when Mayweather’s camp demanded Olympic-style drug testing, insinuating that the Filipino might have been using performance enhancement drugs.
Pacquiao has opposed Mayweather's demand for random blood testing within 30 days of the fight, instead agreeing to take 3 blood tests: the first during the week of the kickoff news conference in early January, the second random test to be conducted no later than 30 days before the fight, and a final test after the fight.
The Mayweather camp, however, claimed that blood testing never weakened Pacquiao, using the 24/7 footage as “proof”.
This has led to Top Rank promoter Bon Arum saying he might ask the Filipino boxing superstar to “tighten” the window for a blood test.
Arum said he will only do this once they establish the actual date of the test.
"I will transmit it [word of Pacquiao's '24/7' test] to Manny once [HBO Sports president] Ross Greenburg establishes the actual date of the test in ‘24/7' and [the Mayweather camp] makes a proposal based on what Ross has come up with," Arum told ESPN.com.
"If that happens, I am sure I can convince Manny [to tighten the testing window],” he added.