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article imageOp-Ed: Pacquiao Will Echo Powell's Olympic Blood Testing Debacle

By Edwin Ladaga     Dec 31, 2009 in Sports
Pacquiao's claim that blood testing will weaken him days before the fight is not without precedence. The great Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell was visibly upset with the Olympic drug testing procedure before competing in the men's 100-metre final.
Asafa Powell had openly spoken that the drugs testers were going too far in the Beijing Olympics. He said that there were more testings done than is necessary days before the men’s 100 metre championship.
Powell claimed that the drug testing needles have been pointed disproportionately at him and his fellow track and field runners. In a report by the Times Online, Asafa said:
“I accept how important it is but they’re really down on my case. I got pretty upset two days ago because since I have been here, they have tested me four times. They’ve taken so much blood from us we’re going to be very weak before the final.”
In a statement in his official website, Pacquiao echoed concerns similar to what Powell had experienced.
"The truth is taking blood out of my body does not seem natural to me and mentally I feel it  will weaken me if blood is taken from me just days before the fight. That does not make sense to me why anyone would do that."
Pacquiao said that he would still comply with the blood testing in order for the Mayweather- Manny megafight would push through. He had offered to give a blood sample the day of the announcement of the fight, 30 days before the fight and immediately after the fight.
The Mayweather camp rejected the offer and are very adamant about the random blood test. They pointed out that athletes like cyclist Lance Armstrong have easily complied with the drug testing procedure and had not hindered them in their quest for sporting excellence.
Bob Arum countered by saying that these athletes provided only urine and not blood samples and not too close to the day of performance.
The debate continues regarding the drug testing procedures.
As of this writing, Pacquiao has officially sued the Mayweather camp for accusing him of using performance enhancing drugs without proper evidence. However, the Filipino boxing superstar has made it known that he is still very interested in fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the future.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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