Floyd Mayweather Jr. has declined to agree to terms for a penalty that would cost either man $5 million in the event of a failed drug test before or after their May 2 megafight according to Michael Koncz.
“Today we were informed that Mayweather turned down the request. Manny had requested that there would be a reciprocal fine of $5 million for a failed drug test. We have no recourse. We can’t force Floyd into something. But we gave them an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is and they wouldn’t. I won’t speculate why. To me there is no legitimate argument. We know we’re clean. That’s why Manny said he would pay $5 million if he tested dirty. Manny was surprised [Mayweather refused]. He can’t figure out why they wouldn’t agree to it when Floyd is always talking about cleaning up the sport of boxing.” Michael Koncz
Koncz said even though the agreements for the fight are signed, as is a separate agreement for the United States Anti-Doping Agency to supervise random blood and urine testing, they had still been discussing terms for a large fine in the event of a failed test. Jeremiah Reynolds (Mayweather’s attorney) sent a letter to Pacquiao attorney David Moroso yesterday declining to enter into any agreements on a fine for failing a drug test.
“Michael Koncz is an idiot, and Manny Pacquiao should be ashamed to have him as his representative, in my opinion, it’s obvious he didn’t read the contract. Why would he have his fighter sign something he was not happy with? The deal was negotiated up and down by his promoter [Bob Arum] on behalf of Manny with Floyd and Mayweather Promotions, and it’s been well documented in the media for quite some time. If this moron didn’t convey his fighter’s wishes when the negotiation was going on, that’s their problem. This is a lame-ass attempt to generate publicity. If Manny Pacquiao tested positive it is going to cost him a whole lot more than $5 million. All parties signed a contract agreeing to every term. Where has this idiot Koncz been? It sounds like he didn’t read the documents they signed. No wonder why his fighter is always confused. It sounds like that idiot is suggesting there’s a $5 million price tag if Manny comes up positive. That sounds suspicious. All I know is we welcome random testing as we always have.” Leonard Ellerbe
Manny Pacquiao (Age & Fighting Weight)
106lbs on debut aged 16 years 1 month & 4 days
113lbs in his 11th fight aged 17 years 0 months & 28 days
113lbs aged 18 years 0 months & 11 days
114lbs aged 19 years 5 months & 1 day
111.75 lbs aged 20 years 5 months & 7 days
119.5lbs aged 21 years 2 months & 15 days
120lbs aged aged 24 years 7 months & 9 days
129lbs aged 29 years 2 months & 28 days
142lbs aged 29 years 11 months & 19 days
147lbs aged 33 years 5 months & 22 days
He has maintained a lean physique whilst undergoing a weight gain of (at its most extreme): 13lbs or 10.08% in 8 months & 21 days between the second Juan Manuel Marquez fight in 2008 & the “Dream Match” with Oscar De La Hoya later that same year. To make historical comparisons of any validity I’ll limit straight comparisons to guys who were, as Manny was, in his prime as a fighter during his peak weight gain periods. I use “prime” in the broader sense – ie. Roberto Duran anytime up to or prior to his last major world level win against Iran Barkley in 1989 is deemed “prime”.
Duran is of course a very useful comparison considering he – over a career spanning five decades – campaigned at as low as 119lbs as a 16 year old to as high as 176lbs as a 47 year old. This constitutes a 47.9% increase over 31 years – which transverses the self-imposed broad prime only imposition mentioned earlier as by age 47 years of age Duran was some years past his credible prime. If we only include “prime worthy” wins – the highest weight at which the Panamanian achieved such a feat was 156.25lbs (vs. Barkley). This represents a 31.3% increase over his lowest weight as a professional boxer & took around 21 years to materialize. Additionally Duran did not move through the weights with the maintenance of leanness that has characterized Pacquiao’s weight gain.
Indeed Pacquiao went through the 31.3% gain threshold over baseline (or 139.25lbs) when he fought Oscar De La Hoya. That was actually a 33.96% gain over baseline. Thus, what took Duran 21 years to achieve without relative leanness, Pacquiao was able to do (and then some) in a “mere” 13 years with almost Adonis like levels of muscle tone throughout. Much of Duran’s path up the weight divisions was made necessary by his proclivity for eating & over-eating – he endured a longer & at times more acute history of struggling to make weight & of indulging in unhealthy eating practices.
All of this will serve as justification for Floyd Mayweather‘s long run insistence that any bout between the two be subject to Olympic style drug testing.
Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting.com
According to a recent article by Yahoo Sports, Manny Pacquiao’s long time adviser Michael Koncz has suffered a mild heart attack, but is now safe and out of danger at a Macau hospital.
Koncz has been an integral part in Pacquiao’s decision making for a long time, and has been directly involved in most Manny’s career and life.
Let’s all hope for his quick recovery and the ability to watch his friend and client Manny Pacquiao fight live.