Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum suggests the World Anti-Doping Agency be brought in to oversee the drug testing to avoid a third failure in the negotiations for a mega bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao,
Mayweather has insited upon Olympic-style drug testing.
"I've always said that WADA, which does the Olympic testing, should be the blanket organization to do the testing for this fight in accordance with the state athletic commission for the state where the fight would be held," said Arum.
"So they could provide for testing while Manny was training in the Philippines. Then when Manny moves his training to the United States, Floyd will already be in the United States. WADA could then contract with the Olympic laboratories in the United States, which are the same as those used by USADA [United States Anti-Doping Agency.]"
That would permit Pacquiao to continue his tradition of preparing in the Philippines under Freddie Roach before moving to the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif.
"WADA is the umbrella organization and USADA is in charge of testing in the United States. Every country has a USADA type of organization, but over all of them is WADA. The USADA arranges for testing to be done with independent approved laboratories. Those are approved by WADA," said Arum.
"The only reason why I say that WADA should have jurisdiction over all of this is because one of the fighters lives outside of the United States and he will be training, for at least half of the time, outside of the United States. So I think that WADA is the appropriate organization, and that's the most logical way to do it."
Pacquiao still has a defamation lawsuit pending against Mayweather, accusing his rival of suggesting publicly that Pacquiao's success is the result of having used performance-enhancing drugs.
DONAIRE GOING UP IN WEIGHT?
HBO had originally slotted Donaire (26-1, 18 knockouts) for a Nov. 5 date but at the request of Arum shifted Donaire to Nov. 5 to avoid a conflict with IBF super middleweight titleholder Lucian Bute, who reportedly is negotiating with Glen Johnson for a fight Nov. 5 on Showtime.
"We knew about the Showtime date for Bute a long time ago, and we didn't think that it was appropriate to promote and put on a fight on HBO against Showtime on the same date," said Arum. "So we asked HBO if it would be possible to move Donaire's fight to Oct. 22, and they said yes."
Donaire will fight either at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., "which has a huge Filipino population," or in Reno, Nev., said Arum.
If Donaire wins, he then would be in a position to face the winner of an Oct. 1 matchup between Marquez (40-6, 36 KOs) and WBC beltholder Toshiaki Nishioka (38-4-3, 24 KOs).
"Nonito is going to fight a bantamweight on Oct. 22, and that other fight is not until Oct. 1, so he could perhaps fight the winner of that fight next after Oct. 22," said Arum. "But this next fight for Donaire is definitely going to be at bantamweight, and [matchmaker] Bruce [Trampler] is getting an opponent right now."
The names being considered as opponents for Donaire include Juan Mercedes (26-3 17 KOs), Sebastian Gauthier (21-2, 13 KOs), Christian Esquivel (23-2, 17 KOs), Tshifhiwa Munyai (21-2, 10 KOs), Omar Narvaez (35-0, 23 KOs), Silence Mabuza (23-3, 19 KOs) and Alexander Munoz (35-4, 27 KOs).
CHAVEZ JR. TO FIGHT IN DAD's HONOR
But under the circumstances, it's tough to argue with the 25-year-old youngster, who is fighting in honor of his father and former three-time titleholder, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.
"[Co-Promoter] Fernando [Beltran] is also against it, as he explained to [Top Rank President] Todd [duBoef] yesterday, but the government of Culiacan has asked Chavez to do the fight in effect, paying for the fight, and they're dedicating a building to Julio Jr.'s father," said Arum.
"Fernando's role, as he described it, is just to facilitate everything. So he's not the real promoter of that fight. This is all Julio Jr. doing it for the father and doing it for the government. Can I stop him under my contract? Yes. Will I stop him? Of course not. So in that regard, I have nothing say, and neither does Fernando."
Although Roach has worked with Chavez for his past three fights, he is to be a part of a four-city promotional jaunt that begins on Sept. 3 and ends "about a week prior to Chavez's fight against Hearns," said Arum.
Pacquiao and Marquez are to be in the Philippines on Sept. 3 and will move on to New York Sept. 6, Los Angeles on Sept. 8 and Mexico City on the weekend of Sept. 10.
Chavez's manager ,Billy Keane, told RingTV.com that he is trying to work out a manageable schedule for Roach.
"Billy told me that Freddie will be finished with the Pacquiao-Marquez tour and he will be in Mexico a week before Chavez's fight," said Arum.
"So if he can, he may be able to spend an entire week with Chavez before the fight. And then he can leave a day or two later to start training Manny in Baguio, Philippines."
COTTO-MARGARITO CARD TAKING SHAPE
Unbeaten welterweight Mike Jones of Philadelphia and former WBA featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa could also land on the Cotto-Margarito card. Gamboa (20-0, 16 KOs) must get beyond a matchup with ex-titleholder Daniel Ponce De Leon on Sept. 10.
The opponent being considered for Jones (25-0, 19 KOs) is Argentina's Sebastian Lujan (38-5-2, 24 KOs), a winner of 12 straight bouts — six of them by knockout — who is coming off of last month's ninth-round stoppage of Mark Melligan.
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