Monday , June 18, 2018

Mendoza: Has ‘Money’ undergone drug-testing?

MANNY Pacquiao has had two doping tests already in two weeks.

Fine by me.

Even if they do it everyday, no worries.

As Pacquiao himself said the second time drug agents came to him, “It’s OK with me. I heartily welcome this so that we will know who is really clean.”

The doping tests on Pacquiao and Mayweather, done randomly, have become mandatory for both as part of the deal for their fight on May 2 (May 3 in the Philippines) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pacquiao had initially refused the procedure but then, he acceded to it in no time.

“I am not hiding anything,” Pacquiao had said then.

In the heat of debate over it, Mayweather aka “The Money” accused Pacquiao of having used PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) to bulk up, gain more power and speed.

Stung, Pacquiao sued Mayweather for defamation, if not character assassination.

At first, Mayweather battled Pacquiao in court but would soon agree to an out-of-court settlement. Undisclosed reports say Mayweather paid Pacquiao $5 million.

As I said, I commend Mayweather for making random drug testing mandatory in the run-up to their fight deemed to draw no less than $250 million—boxing’s richest ever.

Blood and urine samples are taken from each boxer each time a test is done. The Olympic-style procedure aims to weed out illegal drugs that may have been ingested.

Whether knowingly or not that a medicine categorized as usually PED had been taken, it can be a ground for automatic disqualification.

The US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada), which has been tapped to do the random testing on Pacquiao and Mayweather before and even after their megabuck fight, follows the strict protocol of Olympic-style of drug testing on athletes.

Now that Pacquiao had been subjected to two tests already, I wonder if they had done the same on Floyd Mayweather Jr. already?

I have yet to read of reports Mayweather had undergone his first testing.

I mean, two tests on Pacquiao already and none yet on Mayweather?

Any time of day, any day of the week, the drug testing can be done—thus the word “random.”

A result of Pacquiao’s first tests has yet to be known and here comes the Usada agents again testing PacMan on Thursday.

Give me a break.