REPORT: Mayweather violated drug-test procedure for Pacquiao fight
Milan Ordoñez on Sep 10, 2015 11:31 AM
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Floyd Mayweather has been a vocal advocate of “cleaning up the sport boxing.”
As its colorful history reminds us, one of the reasons why his fight against Manny Pacquiao took five years to complete was Mayweather’s insistence of Olympic-style drug testing. The Pacquiao camp initially objected, but eventually obliged.
Ironically, Floyd Mayweather is now in hot water for issues regarding Performance Enhancing Drug use. In a long-form article by SBNation.com’s Thomas Hauser, “Money May” may have violated some protocols of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) when he received IV medication to help with hydration.
WADA’s regulations forbid any fighter to receive IV injections prior to a fight, for the sole reason that such a procedure could be used to mask any substance, including ones that are banned from the sport.
The report adds that while Mayweather Promotions had repeatedly declared that their fighters have subjected themselves to mandatory blood and urine test for 364 days, 24/7, none of the fighters, including Floyd Jr. himself, have undergone the said testing procedure.
Victor Conte, a man who was once involved in previous PED scandals and has now developed ‘legal-to-use’ sports supplements, also disagrees with claims that Mayweather did undergo Olympic-style testing, which the fighter himself had pushed for.
“Mayweather is not doing ‘Olympic-style testing. Olympic testing means that you can be tested twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. If USADA was serious about boxing becoming a clean sport, it would say, ‘We don’t do one-offs.’”
“If you sign up for USADA testing, we reserve the right to test you at any time 365-24-7. But that’s not what USADA does with Mayweather or any other fighter that I know of.”
The Mayweather camp has yet to respond to this highly controversial matter.
Read the full long-form article here, where Hauser also discussed why Pacquiao refused to sign the contract during their 2012 negotiations.
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