Floyd Mayweather Jr is rarely short on words when the topic of Manny Pacquiao and performance enhancing drugs comes up. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather Jr was asked yet again about fighting Manny Pacquiao yesterday, and went on a verbal tirade where he once again more or less accused Pacquiao of using performance enhancing drugs.
"It took me years to get to here -- years," Mayweather said. "I'm going up in weight but I'm not walking through no damn fighters. (Pacquiao) is 106; now he decides to walk through (Miguel) Cotto? Cotto can't knock down (Shane) Mosley, but he can?"
This has been said before, obviously, but when Pacquiao was fighting at 106 pounds, he was a 16-year-old boy without proper nutrition and training. You know who else used to fight at 106 pounds? Miguel Cotto. You know who else weighed 106 pounds at 16 in the ring? Floyd Mayweather Jr.
It's a nice tactic and either Mayweather really thinks that it's some great revelation, or he just knows his fans will parrot it without any scrutiny, but saying "Pacquiao 106! Pacquiao 106!" alone doesn't hold any water.
Mayweather says it is "basic common sense" that Pacquiao has used performance enhancing drugs. I don't know one way or the other whether Pacquiao has used performance enhancing drugs. The idea doesn't shock me. If there was someday a legitimate story that says he did, it probably wouldn't surprise me in the least. I also wouldn't be surprised by the same story if it were not about Pacquiao but instead about Cotto, either Klitschko, Bernard Hopkins, Kelly Pavlik, Ulises Solis, Joseph Agbeko, or Mayweather himself. In short, I've come to expect these things to happen, and don't consider any athlete to be 100% for sure "above" the idea. Why would I? Why would anyone?
And while the Top Rank stance is that Pacquiao has agreed to Mayweather-style drug testing (again, it is not in any way, shape, or form "Olympic-style," and people need to stop calling it that -- it's like calling Coachella 2Pac a hologram), Mayweather flatly says he doesn't buy it, calling promoter Bob Arum a "professional liar." He might be right that it's a bluff from Top Rank. We'll never know, because nobody wants to seriously negotiate that fight anymore.
Mayweather is back in the ring this Saturday, facing Miguel Cotto for the WBA junior middleweight title, as well as the generously donated (for a fee) WBC Diamond title. Pacquiao defends his WBO welterweight title on June 9 against Timothy Bradley.