The proposed megafight between
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
was thrown into jeopardy yesterday with a demand by Mayweather's camp that the fighters be subjected to Olympic-type drug testing in the weeks leading up to the bout.
Mayweather's manager said the fight would not go on if Pacquiao didn't agree to blood testing under standards followed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
"There is no fight without Olympic-style random drug testing," Leonard Ellerbe said.
Mayweather's camp claims it was told Pacquiao would not agree to have his blood tested within 30 days of the fight because of personal superstitions. But Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, said he could live with some testing, as long as it wasn't too close to the fight and wasn't overly intrusive.
The fight is expected to be held in Las Vegas in March.
* Former mountain biking world champion Melissa "Missy" Giove has pleaded guilty to helping run a coast-to-coast marijuana smuggling ring. She was arrested in upstate New York last June after one of the ring's couriers was intercepted driving a truck carrying 350 pounds of marijuana in Illinois and agreed to cooperate with authorities. The 37-year-old Giove is expected to be sentenced March 25 to up to 5 years in prison.