Malignaggi waits for the Pacquiao vs Mayweather verdict and agrees with Mayweather’s drug testing issues, according to a Phil Boxing report released Tuesday. Paulie Malignaggi, the former IBF junior welterweight champion is waiting for the decision of who will fight on March 13, 2009. He knows he’s on the list of possible replacements to fight Pacquiao. For Malignaggi this would be the fight of a lifetime.
Manny Pacquiao is the WBO welterweight champ. Pacquiao and Mayweather will see a mediator Tuesday to see if they can come to an agreement.
Mayweather initially agreed to the fight, but then made a demand that he wants Olympic style drug testing for himself and Pacquiao. The Nevada state commission is normally used. Pac views this as an accusation that he is using. Pac agreed to unlimited urine tests and three blood tests, but doesn’t want to give blood within 30 days of the fight. Pac has never tested positive. Mayweather hasn’t backed down on what he wants. Pac filed a defamation suit against Mayweather last week in court. For more on that story, click here.
According to Phil Boxing, Malignaggi said:
“I’m really at a loss for words. I think [Pacquiao-Mayweather] should happen and I feel that Manny Pacquiao should take the tests if he’s clean. He’s making up stories where he doesn’t know where his next excuse is coming from next.
“I’ve had 30 pro fights and none of the blood tests I’ve taken were ever more than 30 days before. They never test for drugs or steroids because it costs too much money. This will be the first time that a blood test would also test for drugs. In my opinion he may be on something. Maybe – I’m just saying maybe.
“All of a sudden he’s coming up with I’m scared of needles but he’s got 100 tattoos. These are all things that are being disproven. If you have to reach for excuses and they’re lies, don’t you think it’s a little fishy? He’s done this before, why is it all a problem now? If I accomplished as much as Manny I’d want to clear the air right away. Instead he’s reacting the opposite way.”
“There are steroids out there that help your oxygen levels. They make you a lot more hyper and you can fight at a higher pace. If indeed you are fighting at a faster pace, it’s not going to make your chin better but it will make your pace more hyper. A guy who is more hyper is obviously tougher to knock out. Maybe you can take a better shot. All of these are my opinions; none of these are facts. The fact does remain that there are drugs that do that with oxygen levels in the blood and all that.”
It sounds like Malignaggi agrees with Mayweather for now, but if he gets the fight with Pacquiao would he request request additional testing?
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The March 13, 2010 fight would be held in Las Vegas, and many Utah fans would love to be able to attend what is being called one of the greatest fights ever.
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