BoxingNews24: Last night it was learned that World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao plans on suing Floyd Mayweather Jr., Floyd Sr. and Golden Boy Promotions for false accusations related to Pacquiao using performance enhancing drugs. Regardless of whether the suit is eventually thrown out or not or ends up sticking, this may be the final nail in the coffin for the proposed mega fight. It’s hard to imagine that the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight will take place now with a lawsuit weighing them down. If Pacquiao is dead certain on suing the Mayweathers, it’s highly unlikely the bout will be repairable.
However, even if Pacquiao is successful in suing the Mayweathers and Golden Boy, it’s not likely that Manny will get anywhere near the money he would have gotten if he had simply just fought Floyd instead of suing him.
In a press release from Pacquiao’s team, Manny says the following: “Now, I say to Floyd Mayweather Jr., don’t be a coward and face me in the ring, mano-a-mano and shut your big, pretty mouth, so we can show the world who is the true king of the ring.”
So on one half, Pacquiao is suing Mayweather and his father for defamation and on the other hand, Pacquiao still wants to fight Floyd. However, Pacquiao won’t agree to take the random Olympic style drug tests that Mayweather is asking for. That combination isn’t likely going to get Mayweather in the ring anytime soon unless I miss my guess.
This is all pretty silly if you ask me. With the huge amount of money that is on the line for the fight, Pacquiao, Mayweather and their promoters need to find an alternative to the drug testing so that the bout can be made. I wouldn’t advise Pacquiao to press the legal case if he’s serious about wanting to fight Mayweather because the two don’t go together.
If that’s really want Pacquiao wants to do, then so be go ahead. However, he may just be killing any chance of a fight Mayweather in doing so. This isn’t just money. This is about both fighters’ legacies. Pacquiao can continue to fight, but if there’s few fighters that can compare to Mayweather, that will hurt Pacquiao’s legacy by not fighting him.