Pacquiao undergoes random blood, urine testing | Inquirer Sports

Pacquiao undergoes random blood, urine testing

/ 11:04 AM March 17, 2015
Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum, Leonard Ellerbe

Manny Pacquiao. AP FILE PHOTO

LOS ANGELES — Manny Pacquiao was given a random drug test Saturday, only two days after the US Anti-Doping Agency revealed the Filipino boxing icon and future foe Floyd Mayweather agreed to Olympic-style testing.

A report on GMA News in Pacquiao’s homeland detailed that he had given blood and urine samples to a medical technician that made an unannounced visit to Pacquiao’s training area in Los Angeles.

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Pacquiao agreed to the extra doping protocol as part of the contract signed to fight unbeaten US rival Floyd Mayweather on May 2 in Las Vegas in a long-awaited bout that figures to shatter boxing revenue records.

Both Mayweather and Pacquiao must make themselves available for random blood and urine tests and provide US anti-doping officials with travel itineraries. They will also be tested after the fight.

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Samples will be examined for human growth hormone (HGH), erythropoietin (EPO) and other substances.

Drug testing was an issue in 2010 when talks for a Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown failed. Mayweather accused Pacquiao of using performance-enhancing drugs. Pacquiao denied the claim and sued Mayweather, a dispute the two settled out of court.

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