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article imageOp-Ed: Mayweather had illegal IV injection before Pacquiao fight

By Leo Reyes     Sep 10, 2015 in Sports
Two days before his fight against Andre Berto in Las Vegas Nevada, American boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr suddenly becomes the object of a media firestorm questioning the extent of his involvement in using banned substances.
In a report by Thomas Hauser of SBNation.com, sample collection agents of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) found evidence of an IV being administered on Mayweather a day before the fight. The intravenous is prohibited under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) guidelines.
Bob Bennett of the the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), the state agency that has jurisdiction over boxing fights in Nevada, learned three weeks later that Mayweather was given a therapeutic use exception (TUE) by USADA.
"I've made it clear to [USADA CEO] Travis Tygart that this should not happen again. We have the sole authority to grant any and all TUEs in the state of Nevada. USADA is a drug-testing agency. USADA should not be granting waivers and exemptions. Not in this state. We are less than pleased that USADA acted the way it did," Bennett said.
USADA did not tell the commission whether the IV was actually being administered when the agents arrived. USADA later advised the NSAC that Mayweather’s medical team told its agents that the IV was administered to address concerns related to dehydration.
The IV is composed of saline and multi-vitamins for the first mix and saline and Vitamin C for the other.
"Mayweather’s medical team also told the collection agents that the IV consisted of two separate mixes. The first was a mixture of 250 milliliters of saline and multi-vitamins. The second was a 500-milliliter mixture of saline and Vitamin C. Seven hundred and fifty milliliters equals 25.361 ounces, an amount equal to roughly 16 percent of the blood normally present in an average adult male," Hauser said.
"The mixes themselves are not prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which sets the standards that USADA purports to follow. However, their intravenous administration is prohibited by WADA." he added.
Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao agreed to USADA testing as part of their fight agreement when they signed the contract to face each other in the ring — the historic fight that took place on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While USADA allowed Mayweather to address his concerns related to dehydration, Pacquiao was not given the same treatment when he asked for injection to address his numbness. In both cases USADA reportedly failed to notify NSAC on time about the requests prior to the fight.
The IV administered to Mayweather was illegal under WADA rules but got it anyway with USADA keeping the information from NSAC until an exemption was granted three weeks later.
Pacquiao's case was different because he was requesting a medication that is not illegal or banned by either WADA or USADA, but was not allowed to take it for whatever reason.
The L.A. Times said "a miscommunication involving Pacquiao's promoter, Top Rank Inc., the Nevada State Athletic Commission and the fight's drug-testing supervisor, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, prevented Pacquiao from receiving an injection containing the anesthetic lidocaine and two other pain-relieving prescription medications."
The level playing field Mayweather had advocated during the fight negotiations with regards to his Olympic-Style random drug testing seems to be tilted in his favor with a little help from USADA, his preferred drug testing agency.
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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