Manny Pacquiao Wanted $5 Million Drug Clause For Floyd Mayweather Rematch

By McCarton Ackerman 02/24/15

Following years of negotiations, Pacquiao and Mayweather agreed to terms.

Manny Pacquiao

Prior to the blockbuster rematch between boxing champions Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao being finalized, Pacquiao had allegedly asked for a $5 million fine for a positive drug test to be inserted into the contract.

Just a week before the landmark agreement was made, Pacquiao told the Philippine Star that he suggested the hefty fine “because that’s needed” and that both men had agreed to the terms, claiming that “the negotiations are almost done.” But Mayweather stated during the NBA All-Star Game that neither fighter had signed anything yet, although he was hopeful that the rematch would take place.

Eventually, a deal was struck with both sides agreeing on a method for drug testing, a sticking point in previous negotiations that scuttled the long awaited match-up in years past. Pacquiao previously refused to use Mayweather's preferred method of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, opting instead to use the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. His refusal led to a potential fight to be scrapped in 2009, a time when both fighters were in their prime.

But with the new agreement, Pacquiao has agreed to use Mayweather's preferred agency. Contrary to reports, however, there is no financial penalty for a failed drug test in either fighter's contract.

The fight is scheduled to take place on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.