With Saturday?s welterweight fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Berto closing in, allegations of breaking rules and doping violation reported was denied by Mayweather on Thursday. Floyd Mayweather Jr. supposedly ?received an intravenous injection of saline and vitamins,? which was banned under the rules and regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), on the day of his bout with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, posted by the Guardian.
Reports indicated that Mayweather ?did not commit any violations? according to a statement he said and that he was fully supported by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) last Tuesday, shared by the Guardian. ?As already confirmed by the USADA statement, I did not commit any violations of the Nevada or USADA drug testing guidelines,? he said. ?I follow and have always followed the rules of Nevada and USADA, the gold standard of drug testing.?
Mayweather also pointed out how he was the one who urged USADA to maximize the level of drug testing for boxers. ?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,? he stated. ?I am very proud to be a clean athlete and will continue to champion the cause.?
On the other hand, Pacquiao?s camp was disappointed about the situation. ?I find it ironic. We tried to get an injection that was totally legal before the fight and the commission slams us and then this thing with Mayweather happens,? Michael Koncz, Pacquiao?s adviser, said in an interview with ESPN. ?We need to fight in Vegas again so I don?t want to make many more comments but it is unusual and it was never disclosed to us until quite a ways after the fight.?
Floyd Mayweather is set to fight against Andre Berto as he defends his WBC and WBA welterweight titles in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Arena on Saturday, shared by the Guardian.