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Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: The blood testing issue finally explained by trainer Freddie Roach

Joseph Herron Updated
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To be or not to be...that is the biggest question heading into 2015.

Will Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally meet in the ring next year and give fight fans around the world the showdown for which they've been waiting?

Despite making an official declaration that he indeed possesses a genuine willingness to finally put together a super fight with the sport's only eight division world champion, Money May brought up a reoccurring stipulation while speaking out two Fridays ago.

"I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao," claims Floyd Mayweather Jr. "We tried to make the fight happen years ago, but we had problems with random blood and urine testing...like I said, I just want to be on an even playing field."

Last week, former two-division world champion Paulie Malignaggi stated that Manny's failure to adhere to the stringent drug testing during the first series of Pacquiao vs Mayweather negotiations in 2009 deserves to be heavily scrutinized.

"Nobody will ever know for sure whether or not Manny was cheating back then because unfortunately he was avoiding random drug testing," stated the Showtime color commentator. "He was using every excuse in the book to avoid testing. That doesn't raise suspicion?"

Although the controversial issue has been debated ad nauseam in various chat rooms for years, Manny's renowned head trainer, Freddie Roach, recently cleared the air on what actually happened five years ago.

The knowledgeable boxing mentor claims that the "phlebotomy" issue gestated in 2005, when the Filipino superstar suffered a tough loss to Mexican fight legend Erik Morales.

"When we lost that first fight together, Manny forgot to do his blood work before the fight," insists Freddie Roach. "So he was forced by the commission to do it the day before he stepped in the ring with Morales."

"In Manny's mind, he felt weakened before that fight and was convinced it was the reason why he lost. Mentally he thought it made him weak."

As a result, the 54 year old fight trainer accepts responsibility for the collapse of the initial Pacquiao vs Mayweather negotiations in December of 2009.

"The break down of the original negotiations were probably our fault because of the blood issue. But after that, we offered Floyd everything."

The Hall of Fame trainer is adamant that the controversial topic is a non-issue at this time, and professes that Manny is and always has been a "natural" fighter.

"Manny has no problems with random drug testing...none at all. He's the cleanest fighter in boxing."


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