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Mayweather vs Pacquiao: "During the first negotiation, we were against the blood test and it was kind of our fault"

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In the days leading up to the April 12th rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach participated in a special "trainer's roundtable discussion" with various members of the boxing press. Recently on Youtube.com, internet radio show host Dontae Williams posted controversial video footage of the promotional media event, which portrays the heralded boxing mentor discussing the failed negotiations between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., and how fight fans would historically perceive the communication breakdown between both camps.

This is what the Wildcard Gym leader surprisingly had to say about it:

"I think people will say 'why didn't they fight each other', and blame both guys to be honest with you," admitted trainer Freddie Roach.

"Because during the first negotiation we were against the blood test and it was kind of our fault the first time it didn't work."


"Then it came to a point where we accepted that later on...but I think they'll blame both guys."

Since December of 2009, fight fans and media members alike have been debating what really broke down the first serious negotiations between Top Rank, Inc. and Golden Boy Promotions, and which party was ultimately to blame for the "biggest fight in boxing history" not materializing.

Has Freddie finally put this ongoing feud to rest? Are both parties truly to blame for boxing's blunder of the century?


After Manny's impressive victory over Tim Bradley this past Saturday night, it's highly unlikely that the debate regarding Pacquiao and Mayweather will end anytime soon.
 
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