Floyd Mayweather Jr insists he is “thoroughly disgusted” by claims he is to blame for the collapse of a lucrative super-fight against Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum announced on Wednesday night a fight between his fighter and Mayweather was dead in the water after negotiations broke down over an ongoing row over drug testing.
But Mayweather said: “Throughout this whole process I have remained patient, but at this point I am thoroughly disgusted that Pacquiao and his representatives are trying to blame me for the fight not happening when clearly the blame is on them.”
Filipino fighter Pacquiao issued legal proceedings last week following Mayweather’s insistence on ultra-stringent doping testing – namely the taking of blood samples close to the fight – for their proposed March 13 showdown in Las Vegas, claiming such actions were defamatory.
With the fight therefore in jeopardy, a mediator was brought in to attempt to solve the dispute this week. Arum claimed Mayweather and his team were unwilling to negotiate and the fight was off.
Mayweather, however, insists he has been – and remains – more than willing to compromise.
“First and foremost, not only do I want to fight Manny Pacquiao, I want to whip his punk ass,” he added.
“Before the mediation, my team proposed a 14-day, no blood testing window leading up to the fight. But it was rejected. I am still proposing the 14-day window but he is still unwilling to agree to it, even though this is obviously a fair compromise on my part as I wanted the testing to be up until the fight and he wanted a 30-day cut-off.”
Mayweather added: “I am ready to fight and sign the contract. Manny needs to stop making his excuses, step up and fight.”