Many people in the boxing world believe the reason the Floyd “Money” Mayweather fight with Manny Pacquiao took several years to come together was because of Mayweather’s allegations regarding supposed PED use from Pacquiao.
That story took a strange turn of events Wednesday.
Thomas Hauser of SB Nation reported Mayweather received a WADA-banned IV prior to the fight to help with dehydration.
This in itself isn’t banned across the board, but Hauser also reported Mayweather and his camp did not apply for the waiver until 18 days after the fight, which doesn’t coincide with the timeline necessary to be given an exemption.
This report gives a vastly different take on Mayweather, who has been a lead advocate for blood and urine testing for boxers for the last six to seven years.
Per ESPN, the United State Anti-Doping Agency issued a statement Thursday, denying the report by saying Mayweather did, in fact, receive exemption to use the IV.
Mayweather also denied the allegations against him in a statement released by his publicist Kelly Swanson of Swanson Communications:
“As already confirmed by the USADA Statement, I did not commit any violations of the Nevada or USADA drug testing guidelines. I follow and have always followed the rules of Nevada and USADA, the gold standard of drug testing
Let’s not forget that I was the one six years ago who insisted on elevating the level of drug testing for all my fights. As a result, there is more drug testing and awareness of its importance in the sport of boxing today than ever before.
I am very proud to be a clean athlete and will continue to champion the cause.”
Controversial issues remain, as the Nevada State Athletic Commission claims neither Pacquiao nor the NSAC were notified of Mayweather’s exemption until after the fight took place.
This is definitely and unwanted distraction for Mayweather and his camp leading up to Saturday’s fight with Andre Berto but not unchartered territory. Mayweather was facing a pending jail term when he gave one of the best performances of his career against Miguel Cotto in 2012.