Mayweather Jr: 'I am very proud to be a clean athlete'
Milan Ordoñez on Sep 11, 2015 11:40 AM
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With just a few days before his 49th and supposed final fight against Andre Berto this weekend, Floyd Mayweather was slapped with a major controversy regarding his drug test for the May 2nd fight against Manny Pacquiao.
SBNation.com’s Thomas Hauser reported an alleged violation committed by Mayweather when he received IV medication prior to the fight. It is something Anti-Doping agencies have prohibited, mainly due to the reason that banned substances may be easily masked by such procedures.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the agency tasked to oversee drug-testing protocols for the said fight, already released its official statement.
Shortly after, Mayweather Jr. himself aired out his side, where he expectedly squashed all allegations and maintained his ‘cleanliness’ as an athlete.
"As already confirmed by the USADA Statement, I did not commit any violations of the Nevada or USADA drug testing guidelines. I follow and have always followed the rules of Nevada and USADA, the gold standard of drug testing.
"Let's not forget that I was the one six years ago who insisted on elevating the level of drug testing for all my fights. As a result, there is more drug testing and awareness of its importance in the sport of boxing today than ever before.
"I am very proud to be a clean athlete and will continue to champion the cause."
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