USADA announced on Friday that both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have made themselves available for random urine and blood tests ahead of their May 2 bout.
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The pair have agreed to the Olympic-style drug testing plan after years of suggestions that it was a major sticking point in negotiations between them.
Both fighters will provide USADA with an itinerary of their travels, and they will stick to the strict guidelines ahead of their mega-fight in May which is expected to shatter multiple records in boxing.
“It’s a strong statement of the importance of clean and safe competition to have these two fighters voluntarily agree to have a WADA level anti-doping program implemented for this fight,” said USADA chief executive Travis Tygart, as reported by Yahoo Sports.
“We commend them for their stand for clean sport and the message it sends to all those who want to compete clean at the highest levels of all sport.”
Tygart added that the fighters would also be tested after the fight and their samples will examined thoroughly for various substances that may have possibly given them an unfair advantage in the ring.
Back in 2010, the drug testing protocol was a significant issue as Mayweather accused Pacquiao of using performance-enhancing drugs which the Filipino categorically denied.
Pac-Man sued Mayweather and the two settled out of court, but they will now finally get the opportunity to settle their differences in the ring as the world awaits the biggest fight in boxing history.
Pacquiao has insisted through the latest round of talks that he would be willing to go through any drug testing that Mayweather wanted as they pushed through for the fight to be made.