Pacquiao Finally Agrees to Unlimited Random Blood-testing But Not by Floyd Friends at USADA
Only two Americans Pacquiao trusts – Roach and Arum. Pacquiao will fight Mayweather in his home country with American officials and rules. Now Floyd’s unsual demand wants his favored American anti-dope agency USADA to enter his veins and get his blood preparing for the fight of his life. A demand so malicious, disrespectful and hugely distracting. Pacquiao now wants it fair.
- Arum says Pacquiao finally agrees
- Olympic-style testing too dangerous for pro boxing?
- No to American USADA doctors to handle tests
- Pacquiao wants it fair
- Floyd's turn to step up the plate
Arum says Pacquiao finally agrees
Current Pound-for-Pound no.1 and most exciting fighter in the world Manny Pacquiao finally agrees to Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Olympic-style random blood testing to make the most clamored boxing matchup of the decade according to an ESPN report. Pacquiao’s camp accepted the demand with one condition. It should not be done by Mayweather’s favored organization USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) which is manned by Americans. USADA is the official drug testing agency for U.S. Olympians or U.S. amateur fighters. Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, said the tests for the fight should be done by a neutral party.
Olympic-style testing too dangerous for pro boxing?
This won’t be the first time that USADA partners with professional sports organization. Two years ago, USADA started the “Supplement Safety Now” project in partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MBL) and the National Hockey League and other sports groups. The project’s aim is to remove the practice of selling supplements that contains steroids and other drugs labeled as safe and legal dietary supplements dangerously and unscrupulously made by rogue manufacturers. But boxing is a dangerous and extremely contact sport unlike basketball, football, baseball or hockey. Blood testing is conducted in Olympic boxing for it is only for a few rounds, with fighters in safety gears and strict safety rules in officiating. The Nevada Commission in a hearing conducted last year concluded that blood testing is dangerous for professional boxing and urine testing is still the best testing procedure.
No to American USADA doctors to handle tests
Obviously, the demand by Mayweather psychologically hugely favors him for the demand is too invasive of Pacquiao’s preparation into the fight of his life. The Fighter of the Decade Pacquiao was not an Olympian like Mayweather who is so used with the procedure. Pacquiao thinks the random blood testing to be done is too distracting mentally aside from being a very malicious one and to think that Floyd’s countrymen will be doing it to him. Every extraction of blood from Pacquiao’s vein will be like “first punches” by Floyd for it is him who demanded it. To neutralize the unusual and malicious demand, Pacquiao’s camp counter-demands that it should be done not from an organization which Floyd favors. Floyd already knows some USADA people and are friends to them.
Pacquiao wants it fair
I agree with Bob Arum that USADA is not a neutral entity. He reported that USADA does not even report to the professional boxing commission overseeing the fight.
I think Pacquiao’s demand is fair for he will be fighting Floyd in his home country and officiated by Americans like him. There are only two Americans that Pacquiao trusted – his trainer Freddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum. So it is only fair that the unusual blood testing be done by a neutral party.
Will Floyd Mayweather Jr. agree if Filipino doctors conduct the testing on him? I wonder.
The bottom line is Floyd’s demand is too distracting of Pacquiao’s preparation for the biggest fight of his life. And to give Pacquiao some peace of mind and a fair share of the invasive new procedures, Floyd must agree to have the tests conducted by a neutral international group.
Floyd's turn to step up the plate
After defying a U.S. Court order to appear and explain his side in a deposition meeting in the wake of Pacquiao’s defamation case against him, Floyd recently stated while promoting his fight with Victor Ortiz, that he is not accusing Pacquiao of drug use. But Floyd’s demand to make the fight is already an outright accusation for the demand came after the Mayweathers already accused Pacquiao of PEDs use in media interviews. Floyd’s demand became malicious, too disrespectful and hugely distractive that Arum thinks Floyd is just avoiding or postponing the fight with Pacquiao.
Manny Pacquiao finally agrees. It is now Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s turn to step up the plate.