Saturday, January 16, 2010

Pacquiao tests negative for performance enhancing drugs

Manila: Celebrated Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao tested negative for using athletic performance enhancing drugs, a report reaching Manila said.
The ABS-CBN News, in a report Saturday, said tests conducted on Pacquiao, as well as American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., did not show traces that both had used steroids at the time the examinations were conducted.
The findings on the exams were revealed by Keith Kizer of the Nevada Sports Athletic Commission.
The report said that the laboratory tests were conducted in General Santos City where the Filipino boxer maintains residence. Mayweather’s examinations were conducted in Arizona.
The negative drug use findings on the two boxers came after Mayweather challenged Pacquiao to undergo testing for possible use of performance enhancing drugs.
The controversial challenge preceded reports of a possible match between Pacquiao, who had been heralded as the world’s finest boxer “Pound-for-Pound,” and Mayweather, who previously held the same monicker until his retirement from boxing in June 2008.
Talks over the possible match between Pacquiao and Mayweather later in 2009 collapsed however after the latter insisted that the former undergo a test for performance-enhancing drug use.
Pacquiao, the only boxer who hold titles in seven difference world boxing divisions, is expected to take on Joshua Clottey of Ghana, Africa in Arlington Texas’ NFL Cowboys Stadium for his next fight.


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