*Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley will step into the ring on May 1 after both fighters agreed to “Olympic-style” drug testing – an issue that scrapped Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao.
“This one is definitely for the fans as I wasn’t going to waste anyone’s time with a meaningless tune-up bout and asked to fight Shane immediately,” the unbeaten Mayweather said, according to the Associated Press. “I have said ever since I came back to the sport that I only wanted to fight the best. I think Shane is one of the best, but come May 1, he still won’t be great enough to beat me.”
Mosley, meanwhile, he “will have no problem beating [Mayweather].”
Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive of Mayweather Promotions, said the fighter was especially pleased with the drug testing plans, saying Mayweather was “happy to set the precedent for random blood testing in order to ensure fair and safe contests for all fighters.”
Mayweather, 40-0 with 25 knockouts, returned from a two-year absence with a victory of Juan Manuel Marquez last September. It was supposed to pave the way for a mega-fight with Filipino star Pacquiao, who had replaced Mayweather as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world in the minds of many.
But that bout fell through over disagreement on pre-fight blood testing procedures, with Pacquaio unwilling to agree to the random tests demanded by Mayweather. After weeks of wrangling and a failed attempt at mediation, the proposed Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, tentatively scheduled for March 13, was cancelled.
Pacquiao is now scheduled to face Ghana’s Joshua Clottey on March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.