REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A report by longtime boxing scribe Thomas Hauser of SB Nation says Floyd Mayweather Jr. received an intravenous vitamin injection before his May 2 mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Drug testing officials reportedly found evidence of an IV injection when they went to Mayweather’s house for a random drug test the day before the fight.
Mayweather’s camp says the undefeated boxer was given two different vitamin mixes to treat dehydration.
Even if the injections did not contain banned substances, the use of IVs is still banned under guidelines of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) because they can be used to dilute or mask the presence of another substance.
Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter said in a report that this is “very disturbing”. He said, “I am outraged. But I don’t know what we can do about it. I can’t change the result.”
Pacquiao has yet to comment on this issue.
Mayweather issued a statement saying, “I did not commit any violations of the Nevada or USADA drug testing guidelines.
He stressed, “I am very proud to be a clean athlete and will continue to champion the cause.”
Fil-Am sports writer and KNBR Boxing Insider Ryan Maquinana told Balitang America that it’s possible that Mayweather could change his mind about a rematch with Pacquiao if the public starts questioning the legitimacy of his win against the Pinoy boxing champ.
“If anything, it does stoke the fire for a rematch,” Maquinana said. “There will be people who wonder if Floyd won fair and square the first time, given what has just transpired.”