LAS VEGAS — The proposed megafight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was thrown into jeopardy Tuesday with a demand by Mayweather’s camp that both fighters be subjected to Olympic-type drug testing in the weeks leading up to the bout.
Mayweather’s manager said the fight would not go on if Pacquiao didn’t agree to blood testing under standards followed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
“There is no fight without Olympic-style random drug testing,” Leonard Ellerbe said.
Mayweather’s camp claims it was told Pacquiao would not agree to have his blood tested within 30 days of the fight because of personal superstitions. But Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, said he could live with some testing, as long as it wasn’t too close to the fight and wasn’t overly intrusive.
“I will not let my fighter take a blood test the day before a fight,” Roach said. “If they give me a five-day window or something like that I have no problem with it.”
Roach said he hoped the issue wasn’t brought up as a way to get Mayweather out of the fight.
“He’s looking for a back door out,” Roach said. “We’re eager to fight.”