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Manny Pacquiao softens stance on blood testing

Manny Pacquiao insisted he is willing to submit to blood testing, according to a statement on his website.

The following is an excerpt from Pacquiao's website:

"I am willing to help the sport for the future of the sport. I do not want to see anyone cheat or cheat this sport. For that reason I am willing to consider taking blood as close as 14 days prior to the fight, as long as, my opponent does the same, and it is not a lot of blood, just enough to test. I do not want anyone having an unfair advantage where someone may get hurt. I am willing to do my part to help this sport out."

Talks between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao broke down in late December over Pacquiao's refusal to sumbit to random blood testing.

This doesn't mean a fight is a done deal, however. Mayweather demanded random blood testing to be taken even the day before the fight, something Pacquiao would not sumbit to.

Pacquiao did say he will take a blood test immediately following the fight, according to the website.

New York Sports