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Manny Pacquiao agrees to 14-day blood-testing limit

Manny Pacquiao v Miguel Cotto
Pacquiao has said that he would fight one more fight

Filipino star Manny Pacquiao has given the clearest indication yet that he is willing to compromise over Floyd Mayweather's drug-testing demands.

Pacquiao says he would now be willing to take a blood test 14 days ahead of any fight with his American rival.

"I have agreed to it, but they should not draw much blood," he said.

Negotiations for a bout between the pair fell through earlier this year when the unbeaten Mayweather insisted on Olympic-style random drug testing.

Five-weight world champion Pacquiao said: "They should only take what is necessary for the drug test."

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The 31-year-old, who previously said he does not like giving blood close to his fights, added: "14 days," when stating the time limit for blood to be taken before the fight.

In the run-up to their aborted March bout, Mayweather called for repeated blood testing up to the day of the fight. Pacquiao, who has never failed a doping test, wanted a 30-day cut-off.

Mayweather later said he agreed to a 14-day cut-off but that Pacquiao would not accept it.

Since then they have faced different opponents, with Mayweather beating Shane Mosley and Pacquiao defeating Joshua Clottey.

A fight between the pair, widely regarded and the two best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, would also likely be the richest in the sport's history, with Las Vegas or Dallas the likely venue.

"He [Mayweather] will no longer have a reason [not to fight]," added Pacquiao. "Let's see if that is really the reason."

Earlier this month, Pacquiao said he would have one last fight after securing a seat in the Philippine Congress by a huge margin.

His chief financial adviser Michael Konzc added that 6 November and 13 November had been set aside as potential dates for his next bout.

If it is not against Mayweather, Mexico's Antonio Margarito is his other likely opponent.



see also
Pacquiao targets one last fight
12 May 10 |  Boxing
Aquino closes on Philippine win
11 May 10 |  Asia-Pacific
Mayweather mauls Mosley in Vegas
02 May 10 |  Boxing
Pacman forced to cancel concert
17 Mar 10 |  Boxing
Philippine boxer to contest poll
01 Dec 09 |  Asia-Pacific
Dominant Pacquiao beats Clottey
14 Mar 10 |  Boxing
Pacquiao-Mayweather 'will happen'
21 Jan 10 |  Boxing
Mayweather Jr-Pacquiao talks fail
07 Jan 10 |  Boxing
Pacquiao claims stunning victory
15 Nov 09 |  Boxing
Hatton floored by brutal Pacquiao
03 May 09 |  Boxing


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