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article imagePacquiao camp agrees to drug testing—but only by neutral agency

By Leo Reyes     Jul 8, 2011 in Sports
Top Rank Promotions owner Bob Arum said Pacquiao camp has agreed to unlimited random drug testing, but only if it is done by a neutral agency.
This was the gist of his statement in an interview at the Fortune Gym in Sunset Boulevard Tuesday in response to a series of questions regarding Mayweather's reported insistence that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) should undertake the Olympic-style drug test.
In the Yahoo article by Granville Ampong, Arum believes USADA is not a neutral organization to do the tests with regards to the proposed Pacquiao vs. Mayweather match.
"But, why should it be done by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA) when you have a Philippine fighter and an American fighter?" He said. "Wouldn't it be better if it would be done by the Olympic drug-testing organization?
"Wouldn't that be fair because it would be neutral? And, shouldn't it be done under the auspices of a boxing commission?" Arum said, referring to the drug-testing demanded by Mayweather, Jr. which the latter wanted to be done by USADA, Ampong wrote.
It seems Arum wants the test to be administered by an Olympic drug testing organization under the supervision of the State athletic commission, not necessarily the Nevada Sports Athletic Commission (NSAC).
"I don't think anybody's test is as vigorous as the test administered by the Olympic Organization. And we can arrange for the Olympic Organization to handle the test under the supervision of the Athletic commission respective of the state where the fight is going to be held," Arum said.
Since the proposed fight will most likely happen in Nevada, it will then be under the supervision of NSAC.
Mayweather, who is facing Victor Ortiz on September 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada reportedly wants the test to be administered by USADA.
In one of his commentaries in response to a question from a reader, Ben Thompson of Fighthype said Mayweather is not trying to dictate on the testing procedures of NSAC but he is saying that the current procedures are inadequate
"He's only requesting that an outside agency that specializes on more thorough testing, like USADA, be involved," Thompson said.
Thomson did not say if Mayweather is amenable to Arum's proposition that USADA or any Olympic testing agency to be chosen should be under the supervision of NSAC or any State commission where the fight will take place with regards to the proposed Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao is doing remarkably good even without a Mayweather fight, Arum explained. He said Team Pacquiao is focusing on the Pacquiao vs. Marquez Fight on November 12.
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