Anti-doping agency says no bias against Pacquiao


Posted at Jul 12 2011 04:06 PM | Updated as of Jul 13 2011 12:30 AM

Manny Pacquiao during one of his fights.

MANILA, Philippines – The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has no bias or prejudice against Manny Pacquiao or any other athlete.

This is what the agency told after Top Rank boss Bob Arum said that USADA was not a “neutral organization.”

Arum earlier announced that the Pacquiao camp had agreed to random drug testing for a superfight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., provided that the testing will be done by a neutral organization.

The boxing promoter said that USADA was not a neutral organization and that they can arrange for an Olympic organization to handle the random drug testing.

But USADA’s media relations manager, Annie Skinner, said there is no bias against Pacquiao.

“We certainly do not have a bias against any athlete,” Skinner said. “We do not have a bias (favoring) one athlete over another. All athletes are presumed to be clean until such time as they are proven otherwise.”

Arum had alleged that the head of USADA, lawyer Travis Tygart, favors Mayweather. Tygart had previously referred to Mayweather in public as “the clean athlete.”

Skinner asserted that the USADA is the gold standard for drug testing in the United States.

“We completely adhere to all the international standards as promulgated by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency),” Skinner said. “No other organization in the US does the type of gold standard testing that we do."