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article imagePacquiao reacts to Mayweather's reported use of banned treatment

By Leo Reyes     Sep 10, 2015 in Sports
Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao feels vindicated after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) discovered Floyd Mayweather had an intravenous injection of mixed substances a day before their May 2 fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.
The mixture of saline and multi-vitamins administered to Mayweather are not illegal drugs, but they are prohibited when injected intravenously in accordance with the guidelines of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
According to Thomas Hauser of SBNation.com, sample collection agents of USADA found evidence of an IV being administered on Mayweather a day before the fight.
Mayeather has denied the allegations saying he follows the rules of USADA and WADA.
"As already confirmed by the USADA statement, I did not commit any violations of the Nevada or USADA drug testing guidelines. ... I am very proud to be a clean athlete and will continue to champion the cause." said Mayweather, who is set to face Andre Berto Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
USADA said Mayweather was granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to legitimatize the IV, but Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) said USADA issued the TUE three weeks after the injection. NSAC also claimed USADA failed to get the agency's approval.
"Truth finally came out and I was vindicated,” Pacquiao told ABS-CBN’s Francis Canlas through his spokesman Aquiles Zonio.
“[The] Mayweather camp used to accused me of using PED (performance enhancing drugs). Now, look at what happened,” he added.
Pacquiao, who lost to Mayweather in their "Fight of the Century" four months ago claimed that he also requested USADA to allow him to use legal medication to treat his numbness prior to their fight but his request was denied.
Pacquiao is still recuperating from his shoulder injury and plans to return to the ring early next year.
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