So GBP's demand of Olympic-level drug testing for Pacquiao-Mayweather, a standard that's
That said, it's worth mentioning that something's at play here besides drug testing. Most folks expected negotiations for Pacquiao-Mayweather to be long and arduous, but when traditional sticking points like the purse split, contract weight and ring size were quickly agreed upon, it seemed a done deal. It's revealing that Mayweather chose drug testing, of all things, as the focal point of the standoff. My theory? Other fighters have accused Pacquiao of PED use, but the media-savvy Mayweather is the first to voice these suggestions while the mainstream media is paying close attention. Floyd is trying to gain a mental edge before the actual fight by getting the press to perpetuate the presumption of guilt surrounding Pacquiao. Mayweather knows that payday isn't going anywhere -- the fight can be made as soon as GBP backs down on random drug testing -- but the suspicion of drug use will continue to sully Pacquiao's image the longer he appears to hold up the fight. Whether it unnerves the Filipino remains to be seen, but Floyd must figure it can't hurt to try.
If Mayweather's gamesmanship backfires and the negotiations move from acrimonious to no-turning-back territory, it would create a center stage for the sport's dysfunction -- and the damage to boxing as a mainstream enterprise could take years to repair. Fortunately, the $80 million purse attached to what Mayweather adviser
Put a gun to my head and I'd say let both men take tough-but-winnable tune-ups. Give Pacquiao another shot at
Likewise, Arreola would get a chance to face a marketable star who a) probably can't hurt him and b) has never felt a real heavyweight's power. It's a dangerous fight for a free swinger like Arreola, who could get carved up by Adamek's volume of punches, but a win would be a big step toward restoring his status as a contender in the division.