By NowBoxing Staff
Filipino boxing sensation Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has refused to comply to Olympic style drug testing for the proposed superfight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Pacquiao said he has difficulty taking blood and does not want to take random testing within 30 days before the fight. Freddie Roach, Pacman’s trainer, had also shown concern and had made a previous comment about not wanting Manny to have blood taken 6 weeks before the fight because it would affect Pacquiao mentally.
“Todd told me that Pacquiao has difficulty with taking blood and doesn’t want to do it so close to the fight. He (Pacquiao) would only agree to have blood drawn before the kick-off press conference and after the fight.” revealed Richard Schaefer Golden Boy Promotions CEO.
Undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. had this to say on the situation “I understand Pacquiao not liking having his blood taken, because frankly I don’t know anyone who really does, but in a fight of this magnitude, I think it is our responsibility to subject ourselves to sportsmanship at the highest level. I have already agreed to the testing and it is a shame that he is not willing to do the same.”
Olympic style (USADA) drug testing procedure includes random sampling of the athlete’s blood and urine prior to and after the boxing match.
The blood sampling is needed to assure that the athletes blood is entirely clean of any banned substances, some substances do not show up in the urine tests and this is when the blood sample comes into play.
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