Congressman-elect and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao said he is willing to test his blood as demanded by Floyd Mayweather, Jr but the timing should not go beyond 14 days before the fight.
Also, the popular Filipino boxer who has just been elected congressman in the Philippines during the May 10 elections made it clear that the amount of blood to be drawn should not be large enough to make him feel weak.
“As long as they’re not getting a large amount of blood, I am willing to give out blood as close to two weeks before the fight,” Pacquiao told the Bulletin late Wednesday night during a lull in shooting a Ginebra commercial in Makati.
Pacquiao said he will not hesitate to be tested provided that the amount to be taken would be minimal, noted the 31-year-old fighter, gesturing with his pointer and index fingers a measurement equivalent to a short syringe.
Pacquiao narrated the incident during the first fight with Erik Morales in March 2005 when a large amount was taken from him on the eve of the fight that he eventually lost by unanimous decision.
“I felt very weak after they got the blood,” said Pacquiao, motioning with his fingers once again the size of the syringe that was used in extracting blood from his arm.
Pacquiao and Mayweather were scheduled to fight last March 13 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada but the final negotiations fell apart due to Mayweather's demand for an Olympic-style random blood and urine test which the Filipino boxer declined saying he never failed a test administered by the the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), the regulating body of the state of Nevada.
The Filipino boxer kept the March 13 schedule but decided instead to fight Joshua Clottey of Ghana and won via a unanimous decision while Mayweather fought fellow American Shane Mosley and likewise won via a unanimous decision.
Both Pacquiao and Mayweather camps are currently negotiating for what appears to be the biggest boxing event of the year.
Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao has just been elected and proclaimed congressman of his province of Sarangani in southern Philippines and will be sworn-in on June 30, 2010.
If plans do not go astray, the Pacquiao-Mayweather match will be Pacquiao's first boxing fight as an elected public official.