By NowBoxing Staff
Golden Boy Promotions boss Oscar De La Hoya who retired after his TKO loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2008, has also fought against two fighters who took performance enhancing drugs when he faced them – Sugar Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas.
In Oscar De La Hoya’s blog for RING magazine he cleared up some information concerning the drug testing for the proposed March 13, 2010 showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Oscar said that the USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) has agreed not to take blood from the fighters 48 hours before the fight and it will only be a few tablespoons of blood taken randomly in a 3 month span.
It also seems the main concern for Team Mayweather is not the steroids but the HGH (human growth hormone) which can only be detected through blood samples not urine.
Oscar also believes Pacquiao’s refusal has raised eyebrows and also made him wonder if Pacquiao took something when they fought.
Now I have to wonder about him. I’m saying to myself, “Wow. Those Mosley punches, those Vargas punches and those Pacquiao punches all felt the same.” I’m not saying yes or no [about whether Pacquiao might be taking performance-enhancing drugs]; I’m just saying that now people have to wonder: “Why doesn’t he want to do this? Why is it such a big deal.”
Oscar also encourages Manny to do the test because it will help show that boxing is the cleanest sport by doing the blood tests and that Manny would lose more blood in a fight than he would taking the blood tests.
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