Pacquiao vs. Mayweather appears to be dead. Instead of fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao will be facing Joshua Clottey on March 13 at Cowboy’s Stadium in Dallas. Mayweather still intents to fight on that same date at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which was supposed to hold the original fight.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. blamed the cancelling of the match solely on Pacquiao and his camp. Mayweather demanded blood-testing stipulations that were above and beyond the minimum Nevada Athletic Commission’s standards and wanted regular blood testing right up until the day of the match. Pacquiao asked for a 30-day cutoff prior to the contest. Mayweather contends that he agreed to a 14-day compromise, but that has not yet been confirmed.
“In my opinion it is Manny Pacquiao and his team who are denying the people a chance to see the biggest fight ever,” “I know the people will see through their smokes screens and lies. I am ready to fight and sign the contract. Manny needs to stop making his excuses, step up and fight.”
Pacquiao has filed a lawsuit stating Mayweather defamed him by accusing him of using performance-enhancing drugs. Promoter Top Flight chimed in by calling Mayweather “a psychological coward who doesn’t want to fight anybody who has a chance of beating him.” in a statement released to the AP on Wednesday.
Cowboys’ Stadium will be configured to house 45,000 seats with the ring sitting on the 50 yard line. The capacity could be increased as needed.
Back in June, The TMR Zoo declared Manny Pacquiao the greatest boxer of all time, despite rumors that he eats kittens for power.