MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao felt vindicated amid reports of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s alleged use of intravenous treatment prior to their bout last May.
The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) which was contracted to conduct random drug testing for their fight, found evidence that an IV was administered to Mayweather on the eve of the Pacquiao bout, according to one report on sports website SB Nation.
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Although the boxer's camp claimed that he was just being fed multi-vitamins, the manner the drugs were administered does not conform to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) guidelines.
"Truth finally came out and I was vindicated,” Pacquiao told ABS-CBN’s Francis Canlas through his spokesman Aquiles Zonio.
“[The] Mayweather camp used to accused me of using PED (performance enhancing drugs). Now, look at what happened.”
Although the practice was deemed illegal by WADA, the USADA let Mayweather off the hook by granting the boxer a retroactive therapeutic use exemption nearly three weeks after the Pacquiao fight.
The USADA also did not immediately inform the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) its findings.
Mayweather's camp reasoned that the process was meant to help the boxer “recover from dehydration.”
PEDS CLEAR FASTER THROUGH IV
But nutrition expert Victor Conte said in the SB Nation report that there is something suspicious about Mayweather getting the IV treatment.
“There are strict criteria for the granting of a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemptions). You don’t hand them out like Halloween candy. And this sort of IV use is clearly against the rules,” Conte said. “If they’re administering what they said they did, it doesn’t make sense to me. There are more effective ways to rehydrate. If you drank ice-cold Celtic seawater, you’d have far greater benefits.”
“I can tell you that IV drugs clear an athlete’s system more quickly than drugs that are administered by subcutaneous injection. So why did USADA make this decision? Why did they grant something that’s prohibited?”
Pacquiao believes that the revelation will have an impact of how fans would view Mayweather from now on.
“I hope, Floyd Mayweather would learn a good lesson out of it," the Filipino boxing icon said.
Unlike in Mayweather’s case, the NSAC denied Pacquiao’s request to be injected with Toradol on fight night. The drug, deemed legal under WADA standards, was supposed to ease the inflammation caused by Pacquiao’s torn rotator cuff.
The commission turned down the Filipino’s request as it was not made in a “timely manner.”
As a result, the Filipino boxer struggled with an injured shoulder all throughout the Mayweather fight. He lost via unanimous decision.