Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Tue, 23 Mar 2010
The executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission Keith Kizer says the NSAC will conduct its own tests on Floyd Mayweather Jr and Shane Mosley who face each other at the MGM Grand on May 1.
Kizer informed insidesports.ph, Standard Today and Viva Sports that the NSAC “will be performing steroid and drug tests of athletes on that card, including the main event boxers,” Mayweather Jr and Mosley.
Kizer made it clear that by allowing the United States Anti Doping Agency or USADA to undertake its own and separate tests as agreed upon between the camps of both fighters, the Nevada Commission’s authority and jurisdiction over the fight and the fighters involved was not being undermined.
Kizer made it clear that the NSAC has “directed Golden Boy (Promotions) to have the lab send us the results of any and all steroid and drug tests performed on Mr. Mayweather and Mr. Mosley” directly.
At the same time Kizer stressed that the Nevada State Athletic Commission was “not setting aside its own procedures” of testing in the Mayweather Jr-Mosley fight.
Under an agreement reached by the promoters and Mayweather Jr and Mosley, both fighters will be subject to random drug tests which would include blood tests conducted by the USADA whose findings will apparently be binding on both fighters and should any one or both of the fighters be found to have taken any illegal substance they would face a ban of up tp two years.
However, as of this time there has been no indication as to what the situation would be if the findings of the USADA and the NSAC which conducts urinalysis and not additional blood tests, produce different results.
A mega-buck super-fight between pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr unraveled after the undefeated former pound-for-pound king insisted on random blood tests up to 14 days before their originally scheduled fight on March 13. Pacquiao’s counter proposal in which he said he would be prepared to take the random blood tests 24 days before the fight and immediately after the fight in his dressing room was rejected by Mayweather and his advisers.
Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank and members of Team Pacquiao have been peeved by stories claiming that Pacquiao was not prepared to take the random drug tests which they pointed out was clearly inaccurate and indicated malicious intent to place the acknowledged “Fighter of the Decade” in a bad light.
Upon his return home on Monday after his masterful twelve round unanimous victory over Ghana’s former world champion Joshua Clottey, Pacquiao said he didn’t need a Mayweather fight to cement his legacy and that if anything Mayweather needed him more than he needs Mayweather.