Mayweather defends himself over IV storm, says no rules were broken

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Naoki Fukuda

Floyd Mayweather Jr has released a statement in the wake of reports that the pound for pound king used a WADA-banned IV before his fight with Manny Pacquiao.

The 38 year-old’s upcoming fight with Andre Berto has been in danger of being overshadowed by the controversy, leading to Mayweather saying the following:

“As already confirmed by the USADA Statement, I did not commit any violations of the Nevada or USADA drug testing guidelines. I follow and have always followed the rules of Nevada and USADA, the gold standard of drug testing.

“Let’s not forget that I was the one six years ago who insisted on elevating the level of drug testing for all my fights. As a result, there is more drug testing and awareness of its importance in the sport of boxing today than ever before.

“I am very proud to be a clean athlete and will continue to champion the cause.”

The release Mayweather referenced was made public hours before and apparently clears ‘Money’ of any wrong doing.

“Although Mr. Mayweather’s application was not approved until after his fight with Mr. Pacquiao and all tests results were reported, Mr. Mayweather did disclose the infusion to USADA in advance of the IV being administered to him,” USADA stated. “Furthermore, once the TUE was granted, the NSAC and Mr. Pacquiao were immediately notified even though the practice is not prohibited under NSAC rules.”

Having ruled out a rematch with Pacquiao already, Mayweather could now face further calls to give the Filipino another chance – even though the five-weight world champion is adamant Saturday’s contest will be his last.

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