Report: Floyd Mayweather Caught Using Banned IV Day Before Pacquiao Fight
According to a bombshell report by SB Nation’s Thomas Hauser, the United State Anti-Doping Agency learned that Floyd Mayweather had used a banned IV the day before his historic fight against Manny Pacquiao.
The USADA had been contracted to oversee drug testing for the big fight. On Friday, May 1, just hours after Mayweather and Pacquiao weighed in, collection agents showed up at Mayweather’s Las Vegas residence to conduct an unannounced drug test. What they found was evidence of an IV being administered.
The USADA would not say whether the IV was actually being administered when they arrived, or whether is had already been administered. But they later told the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Mayweather’s medical team told them an IV had been administered to address dehydration concerns, and that the IV consisted of two different mixes of saline and multivitamins.
Obviously, that doesn’t sound so bad. And the actual vitamins administered are not prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The problem was the IV. Intravenous infusions of more than 50ml per six-hour period are prohibited because infusions of legal substances can dilute or mask the presence of illegal substances.
The two infusions Mayweather reportedly received amounted to 750ml, which is roughly 16% of the blood normally found in the average adult male.
Obviously, if all this is true, then Mayweather should have been busted. But he wasn’t. So what happened?
Basically, the USADA did absolutely nothing for 17 days after the fight. Then, on May 19, Mayweather applied for a retroactive “therapeutic use exemption” for the IV, which the USADA granted on May 20. And only then, on May 21, did the USADA inform the Nevada State Athletic Commission about any of this.
Seems pretty fishy, right? Well wait, it gets better.
Remember how Manny Pacquiao revealed that he had been dealing with a shoulder injury after his fight against Mayweather? Remember how he had requested a “therapeutic use exemption” so he could get an anti-inflammatory shot the day before the fight, but had his request denied?
Well, that denial seems pretty outrageous now that we know Floyd Mayweather was given a TUE almost three weeks after the fight, doesn’t it?
Hat Tip – [SB Nation]