QUOTE (Walstan86 @ Jun 10 2011, 11:09 AM)
Just read Thompson's June 8 article in which Floyd makes several comments on Pacquiao and random blood testing, and never does Thompson call to Floyd's attention that Manny has said in the press that he'll take the tests.
There's no responsible excuse for dodging the fact. A simple mention, a simple question.... But nothing. Disgraceful.
1) First and foremost, thanks for reading it. As much "hatred" there is out there for Floyd Mayweather, it's good to know that people like you are still eager to see what he has to say.
2) There's MUCH MORE to come from Floyd, so why don't you just sit back and patiently wait for it instead of ASSUMING that I, Ben Thompson, will not or have not brought that up to him.
3) I have seen the pre-Margarito fight video on YouTube where Manny Pacquiao says, "We agree all his demands. Yes, yes, yes," but I have NEVER heard Manny Pacquiao actually say, "Yes. I will take random blood and urine tests all the way up until the fight with NO CUT-OFF DATE!" KEEP IN MIND THAT VIDEO WAS TAKEN PRIOR TO AN EPISODE OF 24/7 WHERE MICHAEL KONCZ SAYS THEY ASKED FOR ANOTHER CUT-OFF DATE!
Forget about what I do or don't call to attention to Floyd Maywether. I think the REAL SHAME is that NOBODY in the media has asked Manny Pacquiao how close to the fight is he willing to take random blood and urine tests. For a guy who said he was superstitious and reluctant to give blood close to a fight, I'd like to know, for the record, just how close to the fight he's actually willing to give blood. It's funny how perfectly his English sounds when he's in the gym kicking it with Amir Khan and the rest of his boys, but whenever the media asks him any questions regarding random testing with no cut-off dates, he looks like he's thinking hard on how to translate his answer into English. LOL.
Actually, I already know how the conversation with Floyd is going to go down.
BT: So Floyd, people wanted me to ask you if you were aware that prior to his fight with Margarito, Manny Pacquiao said he was willing to take the tests?
FM: He said he was willing to take the tests before, but he keeps asking for a cut-off date. First he wanted 30 days out. Then when we found the video, he said 24 days out. Like I said before, all that I ask is for everyone to be on an even playing field. Any fighter, not just Manny Pacquiao, but any fighter that fights me has to agree to take random blood and urine tests leading all the way up until the fight. Did he say he would do that?
BT: Well, not exactly, but he said he agreed to all of your demands, and when a reporter asked him if he put no limit on the pre-fight drug tests, he smiled, giggled and simply said, "Yes, yes, yes."
FM: All I want to know is how come we've never seen any contract with him agreeing to take the tests? Last time I checked, the last contract I saw, they were still asking for 24 days out.
BT: 21 days out? Damn. You haven't seen anything closer than that? 14 days? 7 days?
FM: Like I said before, the last contract that was shown to me said 24 days. We offered them 14 days in the mediation, but Bob Arum walked away.
Now, whether or not you like the answers that he gives you is a different story, however, I'm pretty sure the convo would probably go something like that. But PERSONALLY, I don't think Floyd Mayweather is the person that needs to be grilled by me or anyone in the media. In my opinion, Manny Pacquiao is the one who has yet to really clarify his position since negotiations first kicked off. I mean, first we were told he was afraid of needles...then we were told he was superstitious...then it went from 30 days out to 24 days out...then they turned down an offer for 14 days out...then months later, we're told he will do 14 days...then we hear 7 days...if you ask me, there seems to be a lot of different stories coming from Manny Pacquiao's side, not the other way around, so in order to clear up those stories, I think someone should be asking a lot more questions to Manny Pacquiao.
Oh, and for the record, I wouldn't consider it an epic fail if you actually read the interview. I mean, my goal is NOT to ensure that the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight actually takes place. My goal is simply to give ALL FIGHTERS an opportunity to speak their mind and reach out to their fans. I think I accomplished that and then some considering that even haters are reading it. LOL.