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Floyd Mayweather Jr Says He "Absolutely" Wants Manny Pacquiao Next

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Floyd Mayweather Jr still says he wants Manny Pacquiao, but conditions would have to be met. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather Jr still says he wants Manny Pacquiao, but conditions would have to be met. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times did a story a couple of days ago on Floyd Mayweather Jr, and of course the issue of Manny Pacquiao and drug testing was brought up once again. Beyond the skepticism that Mayweather still displays ("I'm sorry, but all of a sudden a guy at age 25 becomes a great fighter?"), he is trying to make clear that he wants the fight:

Asked if he'll take the fight as long as Pacquiao cooperates in an effective drug-testing program, Mayweather said, "Absolutely. Write that word down 10 times in a row. I absolutely want the fight."

As far as getting Pacquiao and Mayweather together with the drug testing, Bob Arum says that Pacquiao is willing to do testing with no cutoff date (instead of the previously-requested 14 days), and that he wants a state commission like Nevada to be involved in the entire process.

But the Mayweather camp seems unwilling to let Pacquiao be tested in the Philippines, which is where Manny holds at least half of his fight camps every time out. That's a big stumbling block. It's unlikely Manny would be willing to bend to a degree that would have him do all of his training in the United States, because he just doesn't do that. I get the feeling both sides are willing to bend some, but that both sides want to have at least the illusion of control, too.

So despite any possible feeling that there may be positive steps taken, I'm reading this personally as more grandstanding without a whole lot of substance. I think Mayweather wants the fight if all of his conditions are met. I think Manny would take the fight if his conditions were met. I don't think they're going to meet in the middle soon.