Manny Pacquiao’s business manager has revealed that Floyd Mayweather refused to sign an agreement to impose a $5-million penalty if either fighter were to submit a failed drug test ahead of their May 2 showdown in Las Vegas.
Mayweather’s team insisted they would want the US Anti-Doping Agency to follow the World Anti-Doping Agency code of a four-year ban for any athlete who tests positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
That seems reasonable, but Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz, told the LA Times: “I’m a little puzzled and dismayed that they wouldn’t agree to something this simple.”
Mayweather’s adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, said it was “a lame attempt to generate some publicity”.
Last week, Usada said the fighters had agreed to submit to random, unannounced blood and urine tests that would search for performance-enhancing substances such as testosterone, human growth hormone and energy-boosting EPO. Usada also praised both sides for agreeing to the testing.