Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Wed, 14 Apr 2010
Shane Mosley claims that the random drug tests conducted so far by the US Anti Doping Agency were “very strict and aggressive” but admitted that he learned a lot of things with the USADA testing.
Mosley was speaking after a workout in Pasadena, California on Monday and despite the invasive nature of the random blood and urine tests Mosley said “I think its great” even as he maintained that the Nevada State Athletic Commission should also conduct random blood tests. At present the NSAC relies on urine tests but have in the process detected several cases of use of illegal drugs, the latest being Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka who fought Joan Guzman and was found to have taken a diuretic to reduce weight which is banned in Nevada.
Mosley who faces undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May q said “I think for big fights, major fights they (NSAC) should” conduct random blood tests.
Mosley revealed that he has so far undergone two random blood tests as well as two urine tests by the US Anti Doping Agency. However, there’s no indication of how many tests Mayweather has undergone so far neither have any results been released by the USADA.
Executive director Keith Kizer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission informed us recently that he was told by Golden Boy Promotions that the results of the USADA tests would be forwarded to the Commission but as of now there’s been no word on whether the NSAC has received any test results.
Mosley disclosed that the USADA officials had not disrupted his training camp and had been thorough even as he revealed that they had visited him on four occasions during normal hours and he had given them two blood and urine samples.
The 38 year old Mosley who had previously confessed to being pumped with steroids although he claimed it was without his knowledge came out in support of the blood tests saying “I’m for blood testing. I think it’s a good thing. It helps clear up all the athletes not just boxing but all the other sports as well. They should start doing this testing.”
A potential $100 million super-fight between Mayweather and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao unraveled over disagreements on the random blood tests. Despite some deliberate attempts to mislead the public by a few boxing writers in the US who continue to claim that Pacquiao refused to take the random drug tests, his adviser Michael Koncz as well as Filipino journalists have consistently pointed out that Pacquiao had agreed to take the tests 24 days before the scheduled fight and right after the fight in his dressing room.
At the same time he was ready to take urine tests any time. Mayweather and his handlers who first brought up the issue of random drug tests late in the negotiations insisted on a 14-day cut off which Pacquiao refused. Both Mayweather and Mosley subsequently agreed to take the USADA administered random drug tests.