By Erwin Lastimosa
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Searching through youtube I came across a 2005 interview of Manny Pacquiao and Filipino talk show host Dong Puno after Pacquiao’s loss to Erik Morales.
In the interview Pacquiao states that they randomly took blood from him two days before his first fight with Erik Morales and he felt dizzy and weak after they took blood.
Pacquiao also believes it was a tactic by the opponent to get him weak before the fight, during this fight Pacquiao also said he had no power in his punches.
This shows that Manny Pacquiao is not making up a quick excuse for not taking blood before a fight, he has every right to refuse such tests because he doesn’t want to be weak again for the fight and believes it is a tactic to make him weak.
Manny Pacquiao is not taking Steroids and has nothing to hide. He had a bad experience taking his blood two days before his 2005 fight with Morales which he lost and is not making something up.
Pacman knows his body and what he feels and has every right to stand his ground the commission is the one who should be in charge of drug testing not the Mayweather camp. If Floyd wants the fight he will come to terms since Pacquiao has tested clean in all of his fights.
watch the 2005 interview video and read the subtitles and translation below:
The video was done by Countrymansfist.com
English translation transcript of the 2005 interview below by Wadapak23:
Dong Puno: “Now, let’s talk about this thing they call ‘blood test’ and we don’t understand this either. Why do you have to be blood tested 2 days BEFORE the fight? Then that’s why here, in Manila, there were rumors that the fight might not happen because the Nevada Commission were insisting that the test must be passed and if not, they wouldn’t give the fight any permit or recognition. What really happened there?”
Manny Pacquiao: “Here’s what happened, one month before the fight, they rushed me into doing a ‘medical’ they said to be required by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Because they said that the Commission needed the required ‘medical.’ So I did the medical test one month before the fight. Complete with everything…
Dong Puno: “Including the blood test?”
Manny Pacquiao: “Yeah, including the blood test, they took my blood, then its done. So I went back to my training until the fight, then I was already reducing my intake. The next day, it’s the weigh-in, it was 2 days before the fight. I didn’t eat, I didn’t drink water because my weight was right on. Now, all of a sudden, the commission called asking for my blood for the ‘medical’. I said ‘why, we’ve done that’. My camp reacted, my trainer ‘Coach Freddie’, even my manager ‘Shirley’ reacted why are they asking for my blood since we’ve done it. They said that the Doctor said he lost my medical record.”
Dong Puno: “They lost it?”
Manny Pacquiao: “Yeah, they lost my record.”
Dong Puno: “So, first of all, whose fault is this? Is it the hospitals’? One of your managers? One of your people? Because they didn’t follow it up, they didn’t verify that it was really submitted.”
Manny Pacquiao: “Yeah, that’s the thing. Why didn’t the Nevada Athletic Commission have any record that they rushed me one month before the fight because they said they needed my medical record.”
Dong Puno: “Well, that’s really hard to explain…”
Manny Pacquiao: “And why did they have to wait 2 days before the fight until they inform us about it?”
Dong Puno: “You know, it appeared here in Manila that your people, they’re blaming each other, pointing fingers that ‘you should’ve checked this and that’.”
Manny Pacquiao: “You know, I talked to a Doctor from another hospital and he told me that it is impossible that they lost my record since it’s on a computer. It was impossible that they lost my record.”
Dong Puno: “Ah, yeah that’s it. So you didn’t really look for whose fault it was? You really think the hospital was at fault?”
Manny Pacquiao: “Yeah, it was the hospital’s fault, but we didn’t really, you know, since there’s no more time. The fight is in 2 days. So we didn’t really, in other words I have big doubts that it was just a part of their tactic.
And you know, after they took blood from me. I felt dizzy, the back of my head started hurting. The doctor said to drink a lot of water, but I couldn’t drink water, I couldn’t eat, so I just lied down and had it massaged.”
Dong Puno: “So, by fight time, you really felt your body weakened?”
Manny Pacquiao: “Yeah, I really felt it. When I was hitting Morales with my punches. I said to myself that if this is the only power I have, I won’t be able to knock Morales down.”
Dong Puno: “You know, Morales said that after the fight, He said that he didn’t feel any power from your punches.”
Manny Pacquiao: “That’s much better because he doesn’t how much power I have yet.”
Dong Puno: “Haha, so next time, you’ll make him feel it.”
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Erwin Lastimosa is a long time boxing fan and enjoys discussion boxing with his peers.