Pacquiao tested by USADA for 13th time before weigh-in

Ryan Songalia

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Pacquiao tested by USADA for 13th time before weigh-in
Pacquiao has had his blood or urine tested 13 times before Saturday's fight, while the number of times Mayweather has been randomly tested remains unknown

LAS VEGAS, USA – There should be no doubt about what’s in Manny Pacquiao’s system before his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The 8-division boxing champion received a visit from a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) representative shortly before taking to the scale on Friday, May 1, making it the 13th time he has submitted a sample to the performance enhancing drug testing company.

A Top Rank representative confirmed seeing a USADA inspector leave his dressing room but said it may have been urine, and not blood, that was collected. The source said that Pacquiao has been tested every week since the kickoff press conference.

A call to Pacquiao’s advisor Michael Koncz was not answered.

The amount of times that Mayweather (47-0, 26 knockouts) has been randomly tested remains unknown. A USADA spokesperson told Rappler that “testing numbers will be released at the end of the program.”

(FULL REPORT: USADA tested Pacquiao 12 times; Roach hopes testing was even)

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) said at Thursday’s trainer meetings that he hoped the testing was “even”.

Roach has said that Pacquiao had been concerned in the past about feeling weak from giving blood before a fight.

“He said ‘If I’m going to give blood, I’m not going to be back for three or four days.’ He had it in his mind that would make him weak and so forth,” Roach told HBO’s The Fight Game last year.

Pacquiao weighed in at 145 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in while Mayweather weighed 146. –

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