TONY WEEKS GETS PACQUIAO-MARQUEZ III
Referee Tony Weeks has been selected by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to work Pacquiao-Marquez III, executive director Keith Kizer told RingTV.com on Friday.
DRUG TESTING NOT AN ISSUE FOR PACQUIAO
Negotions for megabouts between Mayweather, who is handled by Golden Boy Promotions, and Pacquiao, who is promoted by Top Rank Inc., have twice failed over the issue of drug testing.
Mayweather has insisted on Olympic-style drug testing. In fact, prior to his past two victories over Shane Mosley and Ortiz in May of last year and in September, Mayweather required that his opponents undergo random testing of urine and blood that was conducted by United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob Arum. claims that drug testing never was an issue for Pacquiao.
“There are no issues as far as Manny Pacquiao is concerned with Olympic-style drug testing,” Arum said during a recent national conference call with media members.
“For two years, Manny Pacquiao has said that he would agree to random, Olympic-style drug testing. Manny Pacquiao has said that he would do it.”
Pacquiao has an ongoing lawsuit against Mayweather, accusing him of defamation and asserting that the fighter has continued to insinuate publicly that Pacquiao’s success over eight weight classes is the result of having used performance-enhancing drugs.
But Arum told RingTV.com that those details can be worked out.
“That’s not a problem,” said Arum of the lawsuit. “That’s something that could probably get worked out as part of a negotiation.”
PACQUIAO, BOB ARUM, FREDDIE ROACH ON PIERS MORGAN
In addition to Kimmel, Pacquiao was interviewed on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Oct. 28, as were Arum and Freddie Roach.
The interview will be aired on Nov. 11, the night before Pacquiao-Marquez III.
BRANDON RIOS-YURIORKIS GAMBOA ON JAN. 28?
Arum said that he is in discussions with HBO regarding a clash between RING No. 1-rated WBA lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios (28-0-1, 21 KOs) and unbeaten featherweight standout Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs) on Jan. 28.
Rios would first have to get beyond RING No. 7-rated British lightweight contender Johnny Murray (31-1, 18 KOs) on Dec. 3.
“Brandon’s got some big plans for himself for next year, you know?,” manager Cameron Dunkin said of the 25-year-old slugger, who is trained by Robert Garcia and will pursue his 11th win in a row against Murray on the undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito.
“People are talking about Gamboa. People are talking about him maybe purusing a 140-pound title later next year. There are a lot of things being talked about for Brandon Rios, and he’s got a great future. But he’s got to keep on winning, and he’s got to look good.”
The 26-year-old Murray suffered the sole loss of his 32-fight career in July, an eighth-round knockout loss to Kevin Mitchell (32-1, 24 KOs) during which he was floored in the final round.
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