Will Trainer's Legal Woes Delay Mayweather-Pacquiao?
Although Manny Pacquiao has agreed in principle to put his WBO welterweight (147 pounds) belt on the line against Floyd Mayweather, giving his unbeaten counterpart until mid-July sign the contract, Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, isn't sure that Mayweather's final decision will be that simple.
Because if Mayweather agrees to face Pacquiao on the proposed date of Nov. 13, there is a chance that he would have to do so without his uncle and longtime trainer, Roger Mayweather, in his corner.
Roger Mayweather goes to trial on Aug. 2 in the Clark County District Court in Nevada for allegedly choking and assaulting female boxer Melissa St. Vil while training her nearly a year ago in Las Vegas. He could face up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.
"I'm just saying that I would think that a lot of the problem is Roger's status. I don't know for sure, and nobody's told me this," said Arum. "But I would believe that he's concerned about Roger's availability and what Roger's status would be."
Representatives from Mayweather's camp could not be reached.
The agreement between Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions reportedly contains provisions for random drug-testing and a tentative agreement on a 50-50 split of the purse.
Arum declined to discuss purse-split negotiations, but he told the Los Angeles Times that Pacquiao has agreed to submit to random pre-fight blood tests up to 14 days before a fight with Mayweather.
"We don't care who's doing the test. They [United States Anti-Doping Agency] stopped taking blood 18 days before [Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley], so that shows they can do it and be fine," Arum told the Los Angeles Times.
"If there's information that emerges in the final 14 days, we can go to the [Nevada State Athletic] Commission and ask for more tests," said Arum. "We can work it out. No one's looking to pull any fast ones."
If Mayweather-Pacquiao is not made for the fall, "we would go ahead and try to make a fight maybe in May" against Mayweather, Arum said.
In the meantime, Arum said he would try to put Pacquiao in against either Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto, the latter being a rematch of Pacquiao's 12th-round knockout for the WBO welterweight (147 pounds) title last November.
"I know that Manny would have a problem fighting if [trainer] Freddie Roach were not available, so we're just waiting to see," said Arum. "That would be up to Floyd whether he wants to do the fight this year or next year."