Pacquiao Demands Mayweather Penalty

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FILIPINO boxer Manny Pacquiao, 36, called for punishment and a rematch on Friday, September 11 after his rival Floyd Mayweather was accused of violating anti-doping rules before their long-awaited May 2nd “Fight of the Century.”

The eight-division world champion, who lost to Mayweather by unanimous decision in Las Vegas, urged Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) officials to “impose the appropriate sanction” on his opponent.

Mayweather, 38, and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) have both insisted that the boxer’s actions were legal after news broke out that he was injected with a mix of saline and vitamins–a banned substance mix, under the official guidelines–a day before the match, ESPNsaid.

Though the substances contained in the IV were not banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), whose standards USADA says it follows, the fact that they were given intravenously–through a vein infusion–was not allowed.

According to an SB Nation report, USADA, which had been contracted by both Mayweather and Pacquiao to conduct random drug testing for their fight, sent collection agents to Mayweather’s house in Las Vegas the night before the fight to conduct an unannounced drug test.

SB Nation said Mayweather’s medical team told the collection agents that the IV–which reportedly included a 250-milliliter mixture of saline and multivitamins and a 500-milliliter mixture of saline and Vitamin C–was being given to Mayweather “for rehydration purposes following the weigh-in.”

USADA reportedly did not inform the NSAC about the IV until May 21, when it sent correspondence to commission officials and Top Rank, Pacquiao’s promoter, notifying them of the retroactive therapeutic-use exemption, which was allowed in the fighters’ contract for drug-testing protocol, ESPN reported.

However, when the commission and Top Rank requested more information about it, they learned Mayweather had not applied for the exemption until May 19. It was granted May 20, the report said.

This week, the USADA disputed the report on September 10 with a statement saying Mayweather had applied for and was granted the exemption.

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