May­weather re­turns to the ring


Shanghai Daily - - SPORTS -

IT seems Floyd May­weather Jr. and Manny Pac­quiao will be for­ever linked, re­gard­less of whether they ever face each other in the ring.

The two have danced around the rich­est fight in box­ing for sev­eral years, un­able to come to terms. Mean­while, their an­i­mos­ity has grown to the point that Pac­quiao has a pend­ing defama­tion law­suit al­leg­ing May­weather un­fairly ac­cused him of us­ing per­for­manceen­hanc­ing drugs.

So it’s not sur­pris­ing that May­weather spent just as much time an­swer­ing ques­tions about Pac­quiao on Tues­day as he did about Vic­tor Or­tiz, the wel­ter­weight cham­pion whom he’ll face in his next fight on Septem­ber 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Ve­gas.

“I’ve never said that Manny Pac­quiao was tak­ing steroids, I never said he was tak­ing en­hance­ment drugs,” said May­weather, who failed to turn up for a court- or­dered de­po­si­tion in Las Ve­gas ear­lier this month in­volv­ing the Floyd May­weather ( left) and Vic­tor Or­tiz pose dur­ing a news con­fer­ence in New York ahead of their Septem­ber 17 bout for Or­tiz’s WBC wel­ter­weight ti­tle. — AP defama­tion suit.

“I want to fight the best they got out there, not just him, the best they got out there,” May­weather said, “and if he’s on the list as one of the best guys, then ab­so­lutely.”

May­weather said he’s will­ing to fight Pac­quiao if there is ran­dom blood and urine test­ing, which is more strin­gent than the pro­to­col used by most state ath­letic as­so­ci­a­tions. May­weather said Pac­quiao’s team would only agree to blood and urine test­ing at cer­tain times.

“It’s not just Pac­quiao, it’s sports, pe­riod,” May­weather said. “If you look at sports in the Olympics, they’re cheat­ing. Ev­ery­one is cheat­ing. And I never once said Manny Pac­quiao was cheat­ing, only thing I said was this: Me and any other op­po­nent I face must take the test.”

May­weather will be re­turn­ing to the ring for the first time since de­feat­ing Shane Mosley in May 2010, though the un­de­feated for­mer cham­pion has made plenty of news since then.

Last Fri­day, 21-year- old An­thony Cliff filed a law­suit ac­cus­ing May­weather of or­der­ing his body­guards to at­tack the man out­side the Palms Casino Re­sort on March 27, 2010.

The law­suit ac­cuses May­weather of as­sault and bat­tery, in­ten­tional in­flic­tion of emo­tional dis­tress and neg­li­gent hir­ing, train­ing, su­per­vi­sion and re­ten­tion of em­ploy­ees.

May­weather also faces felony charges stem­ming from a domestic ar­gu­ment and mis­de­meanor ha­rass­ment and bat­tery charges in sep­a­rate cases.

“When you’re young, black and rich, you go through things in life,” May­weather said. “But I’m a strong in­di­vid­ual. I can sur­vive through any­thing.”

May­weather’s ad­viser, Leonard Ellerbe, de­clined to dis­cuss the lit­i­ga­tion.

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