The head of the Nevada boxing commission yesterday ordered Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to submit to urine tests as a way of trying to break the impasse that has threatened to derail their proposed March 13 megafight.
Pacquiao and Mayweather must submit to the tests within 48 hours or face possible fines or suspension by the Nevada Athletic commission.
"That at least starts the ball rolling," said Keith Kizer, the commission's executive director.
The ball may not roll very far, though, as time continues to run out on the big fight. There was no communication between the two sides yesterday, and Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum said he planned to announce another fight for Pacquiao today.
"There's been absolutely no movement," Arum said.
The tests, which were ordered by commission chairman Pat Lundvall, fall under an out-of-competition testing regulation which went into effect last year and allows state boxing authorities to order boxers to comply.
The commission's demand comes a day after Arum said he would not budge off a proposal to do just three blood tests on the two fighters - and none within 30 days of the fight. Arum, who had suggested the NAC decide next month who will prevail in the dispute, said he planned to begin negotiating a fight with Paul Malignaggi if Mayweather's camp didn't agree to the terms.
But Mayweather's manager, Leonard Ellerbe, said there would be no fight on Arum's terms.
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