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Pacquiao insists his only doping test format before fight against Mayweather

2009-12-28 09:03:00 Xinhuanet

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Filipino boxers Manny Pacquiao gave a timetable when he would like to be tested before a welterweight mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather in a statement on his official website on Saturday.

Pacquiao was scheduled to meet Mayweather in a rich fight on March 13 in Las Vegas but the two sides conflicted in the doping test format.

Mayweather wanted US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) protocols, including random blood tests at any point before the March 13 fight but Pacquiao only wished to give a blood sample at the fight launch news conference tentatively set for January 6, another 30 days before the fight and a third after the fight in his dressing room, plus random urine tests anytime.

Pacquiao said random blood tests would weaken him if too close to the bout.

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