Before we get caught up in a war of words and accusations, let’s assess this situation.
Currently this fight has taken six years to negotiate. The most recent round of negotiations has seen both parties review the details multiple times. Does anyone honestly believe drug tests weren’t covered?
The key sticking point five years ago was Pacquiao hesitating to agree to Floyd’s drug testing requests. Neither fighter would risk the same scenario where they are at fault.
The contract was signed and an agreement made that USADA would do random, pre and post-fight testing. This implies that there is already a contractual obligation for drug testing.
Lastly, at the press conference over a week ago Manny Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum discussed the fights drug testing and stated:
“…both fighters mutually agreed to drop the $5 million fine because if one fails, the other will be receiving much more anyway”.
Now I know people will talk about ‘money can buy anything, even negative test results’, ‘it’s not hard to pass a drug test’ or ‘every professional at the elite, top-ten level is on drugs’.
That may be the belief of some, but right now they are unfounded accusations and they don’t make any significant contribution to the fight.
If anything, this whole debacle looks like Michael Koncz is trying to get some publicity and is making a poor attempt at playing some mind games.
The one thing we do know is that we finally have the two best fighters of their generation, signed and committed to fight on May 2nd.
Regardless of who does the drug tests or how much a possible fine will cost them, this bout is going to be a defining moment for boxing.
The streak continues. Israel Adesanya was at his devastating best at UFC 253, putting on a masterclass to obliterate Paulo Costa with a second-round KO. Adesanya’s easy win sees him retain the middleweight title, and has already been hailed as one of the best performances in the octagon ever.
Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu will face off in one of the most hotly anticipated fights in Australian boxing on Wednesday, August 26. Here’s a complete guide to the betting odds for the bout, but remember, if you are going to have a punt, do so responsibly.