By Mark Elezaj
Contrary to the reports out earlier this week, Manny Pacquiao’s world title fight with Keith Thurman does in fact have active drug testing, The Fighting Voice has learned.
Both fighters are now subject to a stricter, random, drug testing.
Sean Gibbons, Pacquiao’s representative, made sure to clear things up regarding the July 20 fight.
“Nevada State Athletic Commission is using VADA style testing for Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Keith Thurman,” Gibbons exclusively told World Boxing News.
“It should also be noted that Senator Pacquiao is enrolled in the World Boxing Council / Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) 365 24/7 program,” he added.
Nevada State Athletic Commission chief Bob Bennett also stated that both Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman will be monitored.
“As you know, the PEDTO conduct random testing for the promoters. Also, a few Commissions to include the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC),” Bennett exclusively told World Boxing News.
“The NSAC does it best to ensure a level playing field for all unarmed combatants when they fight in the fight capital of the world.
“We randomly test in and out of competition for our events. We also incur some of the costs,” he added.
Recently Freddie Roach was asked to make a fight prediction, and he responded as only he could,
“I think we’ll knock him out along the way. I think that Manny’s really hungry for a knockout, I’m really hungry for a knockout. We’ve never knocked anyone out at 147, and that’s something we need to do.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~