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Mayweather, Pacquiao seeking to arbitrate drug-testing divide

December 24, 2009 |  5:51 pm

Schaefer_300 The promoters for Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are discussing the possibility of letting an arbitrator decide how to conduct drug testing before the fighters' tentatively scheduled March 13 mega-fight in Las Vegas, Mayweather's promoter told The Times on Thursday.

"We're trying whatever we can to get this fight done," Mayweather promoter Richard Schaefer said. "We want to stay focused and see what we can do to accomplish this."

Pacquiao isn't receptive to Team Mayweather's suggestion to adopt U.S. Anti-Doping Agency guidelines that will subject him to repeated blood tests in the days leading up to the fight. Mayweather said he wants assurance the bout is fought on a level playing field. Pacquiao would prefer urine testing done by either the Nevada State Athletic Commission or testers who preside over NFL and Major League Baseball programs.

--Lance Pugmire

Photo: Promoter Richard Schaefer in his downtown Los Angeles office. Credit: Los Angeles Times