British boxing champion Amir Khan says that the fight boxing fans have been dreaming about between WBC Champion Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio will never happen.
Khan feels that the requests both boxers are making will prevent the long-awaited match-up from ever taking place.
“Firstly, you’ve got Mayweather saying that Manny has to take so many drug tests and blood tests then Manny talking about the purse”, said Khan.
The British WBA Super and IBF Light Welterweight Champion feels though that such is the acrimony between th etwo fighters that the hefty financial pay-off may not even be enough to get them in the ring.
Khan said: “that fight will generate about $100 million each, so it’s a lot of money to say no to.”
Khan himself had also been looking to fight Mayweather and says that he has reached a verbal agreement with the fighter.
“Talks have already taken place and Mayweather has agreed to fight me,” Khan said in the build up to his December fight with Lamont Pearson.
The fight is the most anticipated since Mayweather defeated Oscar De La Hoya almost five years ago in front of nearly 2,500,000 households but the two camps have reached a standstill over Mayweather’s demands that Pacquaio adhere to stringent drug testing before the fight.
The Fillipino had agreed to undergo the testing on Mayweathers’ terms has since launched a defamation case against the American fighter over the accusation that he has used performance-enhancing drugs.
Long-time promoter Bob Arum agrees with Khan that due to Mayweathers’ demands the fight may be confined to the list of great unfought bouts.
“I’m not optimistic,” Arum said, “I think Mayweather will look for a way not to do the fight.”
“I smell the initial drum beat of ‘You’re not allowed to train in the Philippines’ because of their testing. Once Mayweather says that, he can go fuck himself.”
“Then it becomes a major political issue when he says Manny can’t train in his home country, nobody would subject themselves to that type of restriction.”