Floyd Mayweather Jr. came out swinging on Thursday, saying its Manny Pacquiao and his representatives who are holding up the process, ESPN.com reported.
In what has seemingly become an endless saga, Mayweather says it is Pacquiao who turned down a legitimate offer.
"Before the mediation, my team proposed a 14-day, no blood testing window leading up to the fight. But it was rejected," Mayweather told ESPN.com. "I am still proposing the 14-day window but he is still unwilling to agree to it, even though this is obviously a fair compromise on my part as I wanted the testing to be up until the fight and he wanted a 30 day cutoff.
"The truth is he just doesn't want to take the tests."
Mayweather's statements came a day after Top Rank boss Bob Arum said "the fight's off".
The proposed bout was set to take place on March 13 at the MGM Grand. Boxing insiders believe the each fighter would've pocketed $40 million, while the HBO PPV bout would have generated close to three million buys.
Both fighters agreed to random unrine tests, but Mayweather wanted random blood testing. Pacquiao balked at random blood testing initially, but recently relented, saying he would agree to three tests, with the last one coming after the fight in his dressing room.
Mayweather rejected Pacquiao's condition on the testing. In an effort to save the bout, Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions called on retired judge Daniel Weinstein to mediate. After spending numerous hours at the negotiating table, no agreement was reached.
The following is part of a a statement from Weinstein released through Golden Boy Promotions:
A. Both parties participated in the mediation in good faith. Both parties participated in many hours of negotiations, with a number of proposals issued by each side and carefully considered by the parties and their representatives.
B. The mediator himself did not formulate, recomment or issue a mediator's proposal. The mediator did not make an evaluation or finding that any one of the many proposals considered by the parties was the correct protocol.
C. Any attempt to characteriza the mediation process as an acceptance or rejection by any of the parties of a mediator's or an arbiter's proposal or of any specific proposal is false.
d. In the end, the parties could not agree on a testing protocol acceptance to all.
It looks like it's back to the drawing board.