Pacquiao confirms first round of drug testing

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News North America

Posted at Mar 17 2015 11:32 AM | Updated as of Mar 18 2015 06:23 AM

LOS ANGELES – As Floyd Mayweather channels his inner Rocky Balboa – posting videos of himself chopping wood and running pitch black roads – Manny Pacquiao enters the next phase of his training camp, ready to pick up the intensity.


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"I'm really happy where Manny is right now," said chief trainer Freddie Roach. "We're going to start sparring this week, and I'm a little bit anxious to get that going."

Pacquiao has given his first blood and urine samples late last week. The testing will be used to determine if either fighter had used steroids or other performance enhancing drugs.

The first talks of the mega-fight over five years ago were knocked out over drug testing, but Pacquiao has since signed off on this.

Both Pacquiao and Mayweather have both agreed to drug testing under USADA rules, where blood and urine samples will be taken from both fighters at any point between now and the May 2 bout.

They will also be tested after the fight.

Pacquiao has shown confidence that he will pass the drug tests.