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REPORT: MAYWEATHER TOOK ILLEGAL IV SHOTS PRIOR TO PACQIAO FIGHT


SEPTEMBER 10 -FILE - In this May 2, 2015 file photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, hits Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. The broadcast of fight was marred by technical snafus and got sucker punched by Internet streamers, exposing the industry’s vulnerabilities. | AP Photo/John Locher, File
An in-depth report from a boxing website claimed that Floyd Mayweather Jr. received intravenous (IV) shots containing vitamins before his megabuck showdown with Manny Pacquiao last May. The sbnation.com report, penned by renowned boxing investigative writer Thomas Hauser, said that while the drugs were not illegal according to the standards of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), their IV administration is prohibited. Mayweather’s camp reportedly had the injections to avoid dehydration. Hauser’s report added that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which conducted random drug tests on Mayweather and Pacquiao, granted a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to Mayweather for the injections 18 days after the fight. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayweather, USADA dispute report of IV doping


SEPTEMBER 11 -Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks during a news conference in Las Vegas. AP/John Locher
LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. insists he did nothing wrong in taking an IV solution to rehydrate after the weigh-in for his fight against Manny Pacquiao. Doping officials on Thursday also backed Mayweather, saying he disclosed the infusion to them before taking it and that it contained no prohibited substances. A report Wednesday by SB Nation said representatives of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency saw that Mayweather had taken the IV when they went to collect urine samples from him after the weigh-in. The report said the Mayweather did not receive a formal exemption from the USADA for the IV until three weeks after the fight. But the USADA said it was aware of the IV prior to it being taken and that the Nevada Athletic Commission and Pacquiao's representatives were notified. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao demands Mayweather punishment, rematch over anti-doping row ["I want a rematch!']


SEPTEMBER 11 -UNDAUNTED Manny Pacquiao answers questions during a news conference after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their welterweight unification bout in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila). AFP
Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao called for punishment and a rematch on Friday after his fierce rival Floyd Mayweather was accused of violating anti-doping rules in the build-up to their mega-fight in May. The eight-division world champion, who lost a unanimous decision to Mayweather in Las Vegas, urged Nevada sports officials to “impose the appropriate sanction” on the unbeaten American. READ: Truth out about Mayweather, says Pacquiao Mayweather and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) have both insisted the boxer’s actions were legal after it emerged he was injected with vitamins and minerals before the fight.But Pacquiao questioned why USADA only informed the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) about the infusion three weeks after the bout, by which time Mayweather had already received a USADA exemption.“Are they hiding something? For the sake of fairness and for the good of the sport, NSAC must be consistent,” he told reporters at his home General Santos City.“If needed, the NSAC should impose the appropriate sanction to sustain its credibility and to show the world they did not give preferential treatment to the Mayweather camp,” he added.A report on the SB Nation sports news website said Mayweather had broken World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations by having an IV infusion at his home in Las Vegas on May 1, the day before the fight.READ MORE...

ALSO Mosley: Mayweather looked stressed over illegal IV shots issue


SEPTEMBER 13 -Former three-time division champion Shane Mosley symphatizes with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. following the reports that he illegally took IV shots priot to fighting Manny Pacquiao. File Photos
MANILA, Philippines -- Former three-time division champion Shane Mosley said on Thursday (Manila time) that Floyd Mayweather looked distraught following the reports of the undefeated American champion taking illegal IV shots prior to his last fight against Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. Mosley dismissed the report that came out on SB Nation claiming Mayweather took (intravenous) IV shots containing vitamins as just part of the hype of the upcoming Mayweather-Andre Berto fight. He added that he knew about it even before the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. Mayweather reportedly took the IV shots due to dehydration. While it was not a banned substance according to the standards of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the IV administration is prohibited. Mosley, however, contested that the IV shots did not help Mayweather to win the fight. Mosley thinks that Mayweather must be really dehydrated that USADA have granted him an exemption. The 44-year old boxer, who have lost to both Pacquiao and Mayweather in the past, said that people should not make the news a big deal. In the end, Mosley sympathizes with Mayweather, who has never earned the respect of the majority of the boxing community despite his accomplishments in the sport. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Mayweather beats Berto and says ‘it’s over’


SEPTEMBER 13 -Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and Andre Berto fight for the WBO Welterweight World Title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 12, 2015. Floyd Mayweather earned a unanimous decision over Andre Berto on Saturday to claim his 49th and he says final victim in a glittering unbeaten ring career spanning two decades. PHOTOby-JOHN GURZINSKI
-by Peter STEBBINGS Las Vegas, United States, AFP — Floyd Mayweather earned a unanimous decision over Andre Berto on Saturday to claim his 49th and he says final victim in a glittering unbeaten ring career spanning two decades.
All three judges ruled in Mayweather’s favor and afterwards the American welterweight world champion confirmed that he was retiring. “My career is over,” he said. “It’s official.” He equals the perfect 49-0 record of heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano and retains his WBA and WBC titles, embellishing his reputation as the best boxer of his generation. The 38-year-old self-styled “TBE” (“The Best Ever”), who has consistently said that the Berto showdown would be the last time he steps into the ring, had too much guile and nous for the rank outsider. Berto, who has now lost four of his last seven fights, was set up as the fall guy for the pound-for-pound king’s coronation — and he played the role perfectly, showing plenty of heart but not quite enough quality. READ MORE...RELATED Berto: Fall guy in Floyd circus by AFP ...

ALSO: Pacquiao ‘bored’ as Mayweather retires unbeaten by AFP


SEPTEMBER 13 -Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he beats Manny Pacquiao cleanly. (File photo) AFP – Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao lazily fiddled with his phone saying he was “bored” while his unbeaten rival, American Floyd Mayweather made boxing history on Sunday. As Mayweather tied heavyweight Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record by beating Andre Berto in Las Vegas, Pacquiao tapped an off-key tune on his iPhone while lounged in bed. “What I do when I’m bored. Hehe,” Pacquiao captioned the Instagram post, which got 36,000 likes in the first two hours after it was posted. The eight-division world champion and member of the Philippine parliament then snickered, smiled and rolled over. He did not mention Mayweather in the post but the hundreds who commented on the post saw it as Pacquiao’s dig at his brash rival, who has only won twice inside the distance since 2007. Pacquiao on Friday called on Nevada sports officials to “impose the appropriate sanction” on Mayweather for allegedly violating anti-doping rules in the build-up to their mega-fight in May. READ MORE...


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Report: Mayweather took illegal IV shots prior to Pacquiao fight


FILE - In this May 2, 2015 file photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, hits Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. The broadcast of fight was marred by technical snafus and got sucker punched by Internet streamers, exposing the industry’s vulnerabilities. | AP Photo/John Locher, File

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015, (PHILSTAR) – An in-depth report from a boxing website claimed that Floyd Mayweather Jr. received intravenous (IV) shots containing vitamins before his megabuck showdown with Manny Pacquiao last May.

The sbnation.com report, penned by renowned boxing investigative writer Thomas Hauser, said that while the drugs were not illegal according to the standards of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), their IV administration is prohibited.

Mayweather’s camp reportedly had the injections to avoid dehydration.

Hauser’s report added that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which conducted random drug tests on Mayweather and Pacquiao, granted a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to Mayweather for the injections 18 days after the fight.

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The same report claimed that Mayweather took the IV shots 20 days before the actual fight in Las Vegas. It added that USADA did not inform the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), which supervised the bout, about the injections.

Ironically, Pacquiao himself was prohibited by the NSAC from taking anti-inflammatory shots a few hours before the fight to numb the pain in his right shoulder. The Filipino icon sustained a torn rotator cuff while training for Mayweather.

Mayweather outpointed Pacquiao in what came down as the richest boxing match in history.

Drug testing had been a central issue in negotiations for the super fight, with Mayweather insisting that he and Pacquiao undergo Olympic-style drug testing conducted by USADA.


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Mayweather, USADA dispute report of IV doping (Associated Press) | Updated September 11, 2015 - 5:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks during a news conference in Las Vegas. AP/John Locher

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. insists he did nothing wrong in taking an IV solution to rehydrate after the weigh-in for his fight against Manny Pacquiao.

Doping officials on Thursday also backed Mayweather, saying he disclosed the infusion to them before taking it and that it contained no prohibited substances.

A report Wednesday by SB Nation said representatives of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency saw that Mayweather had taken the IV when they went to collect urine samples from him after the weigh-in. The report said the Mayweather did not receive a formal exemption from the USADA for the IV until three weeks after the fight.

But the USADA said it was aware of the IV prior to it being taken and that the Nevada Athletic Commission and Pacquiao's representatives were notified.

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In a statement, the agency referred to what it called "numerous unfounded and false accusations" in the article, saying they were either a "genuine misunderstanding of the facts or an intentional desire to mislead."

"It is simply absurd to suggest that we would ever compromise our integrity for any sport or athlete," the statement said.

The substances in the IV — a saline solution and vitamins — are not banned by the USADA. But the World Anti-Doping Agency does not allow the high volume that Mayweather took because it can mask other substances.

"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's statement read.

It added that once the therapeutic use exemption was granted, the Nevada commission and Pacquiao were immediately notified even though the practice is not prohibited.

Mayweather, who is fighting Andre Berto on Saturday, said he has always been a strong supporter of athletes being clean. His insistence on having the USADA do random testing was one reason his fight with Pacquiao took place five years after it was originally proposed.

"I did not commit any violations of the Nevada or USADA drug testing guidelines," Mayweather said in a statement. "I follow and have always followed the rules of Nevada and USADA, the gold standard of drug testing."


INQUIRER

Pacquiao demands Mayweather punishment, rematch over anti-doping row  @inquirerdotnet Agence France-Presse 07:01 PM September 11th, 2015


UNDAUNTED Manny Pacquiao answers questions during a news conference after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their welterweight unification bout in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila). AFP

Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao called for punishment and a rematch on Friday after his fierce rival Floyd Mayweather was accused of violating anti-doping rules in the build-up to their mega-fight in May.

The eight-division world champion, who lost a unanimous decision to Mayweather in Las Vegas, urged Nevada sports officials to “impose the appropriate sanction” on the unbeaten American.

READ: Truth out about Mayweather, says Pacquiao

Mayweather and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) have both insisted the boxer’s actions were legal after it emerged he was injected with vitamins and minerals before the fight.

But Pacquiao questioned why USADA only informed the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) about the infusion three weeks after the bout, by which time Mayweather had already received a USADA exemption.

“Are they hiding something? For the sake of fairness and for the good of the sport, NSAC must be consistent,” he told reporters at his home General Santos City.

“If needed, the NSAC should impose the appropriate sanction to sustain its credibility and to show the world they did not give preferential treatment to the Mayweather camp,” he added.

A report on the SB Nation sports news website said Mayweather had broken World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations by having an IV infusion at his home in Las Vegas on May 1, the day before the fight.

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WADA guidelines say IV infusions are prohibited because they can be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs, increase plasma volume levels and distort the values of an athlete’s biological passport.

But a USADA source told AFP that because Mayweather obtained a therapeutic use exemption, no offence had been committed under WADA rules.

‘I want a rematch’

Pacquiao also said he was treated unfairly because the Nevada body refused to let him use a USADA-approved painkiller for the fight, when he was carrying a shoulder injury.

“That is why I want a rematch. One without any injury and with fair play. No favoritism. Not one where the Mayweather camp gets to dictate all the terms and conditions,” he said.

Doping allegations have been at the heart of the fighters’ long-running feud, which has not abated since Mayweather won their only meeting for the World Boxing Organization welterweight title.

The richest fight in boxing history took years to become reality, partly because of Mayweather’s insistence that Pacquiao comply with a strict drug-testing regime.

Mayweather later accused Pacquiao of using performance-enhancing drugs, prompting a lawsuit which was settled out of court.

After Mayweather’s victory on points, he branded Pacquiao a “sore loser” for revealing his injured torn rotator cuff injury, which later needed surgery.

“Truth finally came out and I was vindicated,” Pacquiao said in a brief statement earlier.

READ: Mayweather: I am proud to be a clean athlete

“(The) Mayweather camp accused me of using PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs). Now look what happened.”

Mayweather, who is looking to extend his unblemished 49-0 record against Andre Berto on Saturday, has insisted he is a “clean athlete”.

“I follow and have always followed the rules of Nevada and USADA, the gold standard of drug testing,” Mayweather said in a statement.

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


PHILSTAR

Mosley: Mayweather looked stressed over illegal IV shots issue By Alder Almo (philstar.com) | Updated September 10, 2015 - 2:44pm 9 1717 googleplus0 0


Former three-time division champion Shane Mosley symphatizes with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. following the reports that he illegally took IV shots priot to fighting Manny Pacquiao. File Photos

MANILA, Philippines -- Former three-time division champion Shane Mosley said on Thursday (Manila time) that Floyd Mayweather looked distraught following the reports of the undefeated American champion taking illegal IV shots prior to his last fight against Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.

Mosley dismissed the report that came out on SB Nation claiming Mayweather took (intravenous) IV shots containing vitamins as just part of the hype of the upcoming Mayweather-Andre Berto fight. He added that he knew about it even before the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.

Mayweather reportedly took the IV shots due to dehydration. While it was not a banned substance according to the standards of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the IV administration is prohibited.

Mosley, however, contested that the IV shots did not help Mayweather to win the fight.

Mosley thinks that Mayweather must be really dehydrated that USADA have granted him an exemption. The 44-year old boxer, who have lost to both Pacquiao and Mayweather in the past, said that people should not make the news a big deal.

In the end, Mosley sympathizes with Mayweather, who has never earned the respect of the majority of the boxing community despite his accomplishments in the sport.


MANILA BULLETIN

Mayweather beats Berto and says ‘it’s over’ by AFP September 13, 2015 (updated)


Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and Andre Berto fight for the WBO Welterweight World Title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 12, 2015. Floyd Mayweather earned a unanimous decision over Andre Berto on Saturday to claim his 49th and he says final victim in a glittering unbeaten ring career spanning two decades. AFP PHOTO/JOHN GURZINSKI

by Peter STEBBINGS Las Vegas, United States | AFP — Floyd Mayweather earned a unanimous decision over Andre Berto on Saturday to claim his 49th and he says final victim in a glittering unbeaten ring career spanning two decades.

All three judges ruled in Mayweather’s favor and afterwards the American welterweight world champion confirmed that he was retiring.

“My career is over,” he said. “It’s official.”

He equals the perfect 49-0 record of heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano and retains his WBA and WBC titles, embellishing his reputation as the best boxer of his generation.

The 38-year-old self-styled “TBE” (“The Best Ever”), who has consistently said that the Berto showdown would be the last time he steps into the ring, had too much guile and nous for the rank outsider.

Berto, who has now lost four of his last seven fights, was set up as the fall guy for the pound-for-pound king’s coronation — and he played the role perfectly, showing plenty of heart but not quite enough quality.

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Mayweather has his critics, but he was given a hero’s welcome at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas by a boisterous crowd who had come expecting to see him give Berto, 32, an old-fashioned shellacking.

He did not quite do that, but instead used his sublime defensive skills to avoid the worst that Berto — a former two-time world champion — could throw at him.

Berto kept coming at Mayweather; Mayweather would land a quick-fire combination and then dart out of trouble again — to roars of approval for the man fans have taken to calling simply “Money.”

Even when he had Mayweather against the ropes Berto found it hard to connect with anything meaningful.

The first real taste of a fight breaking out came at the end of the second round, when the two tangled after the bell, Mayweather giving his foe a dirty look.

The champion — hit by claims on the eve of the fight that he broke anti-doping rules earlier this year, which he denies — came out for round three clearly still riled.

Mayweather was sent scampering across the canvas after one exchange, bringing the crowd to its feet, but the move was more akin to wrestling than boxing.

Berto had his first real taste of success halfway through the fourth of the scheduled 12, forcing Mayweather to cower against the ropes as Berto chased one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

Berto resorted to roughhouse tactics in the fifth, catching Mayweather with one particularly low shot that drew oohs from the stands.

The crowd were up on their feet in the sixth as Mayweather turned the screw, bamboozling the underdog with three shots to the body in rapid succession.

But still Berto — dismissed as a dud by some critics who wanted to see Mayweather take on a bigger name — kept coming forward.

But he was mostly finding air, not Mayweather’s face, and Mayweather punished him in the closing seconds of the seventh, and Berto briefly looked in big trouble.

Mayweather was ominously gaining control and he knew it — striking a pose at the end of the eighth, and some in the crowd serenaded him with cries of “TBE! TBE!”

Referee Kenny Bayless had to stop the action in the 10th and warn the pair to stop mouthing off at one another, and there was another flashpoint when the bell sounded.

Mayweather sealed his night’s work by turning showman in the 11th, ducking brilliantly to avoid several Berto haymakers and then looking behind himself as if to say mockingly to his opponent: where am I?

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Berto: Fall guy in Floyd circus by AFP September 7, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share2 Las Vegas – Andre Berto is the fall guy for pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather’s supposedly final fight, an opponent regarded as game but not having the quality to deviate from the script.

Berto is a massive underdog for Saturday’s showdown against the unbeaten Mayweather, who will match the perfect 49-0 record of legendary heavyweight Rocky Marciano if – as expected – he retains his welterweight world titles in Las Vegas.

Few give Berto, a former two-time title holder, much of a chance, in what would be one of the greatest upsets in boxing history if he becomes the first man to stop Mayweather.

“I’m the best shape I’ve ever been in,” said a relaxed-sounding Berto (30-3, 23 KOs), vowing to go after the “crafty’’ and defensively brilliant Mayweather.

“I’m going to bring a combination of speed and power to the table and I believe I have better athletic ability (than Mayweather’s previous opponents).”


MANILA BULLETIN

Pacquiao ‘bored’ as Mayweather retires unbeaten by AFP September 13, 2015 (updated) Share


Manny Pacquaio, (File photo)

 

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he beats Manny Pacquiao cleanly. (File photo)

Manila, Philippines | AFP – Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao lazily fiddled with his phone saying he was “bored” while his unbeaten rival, American Floyd Mayweather made boxing history on Sunday.

As Mayweather tied heavyweight Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record by beating Andre Berto in Las Vegas, Pacquiao tapped an off-key tune on his iPhone while lounged in bed.

“What I do when I’m bored. Hehe,” Pacquiao captioned the Instagram post, which got 36,000 likes in the first two hours after it was posted.

The eight-division world champion and member of the Philippine parliament then snickered, smiled and rolled over.

He did not mention Mayweather in the post but the hundreds who commented on the post saw it as Pacquiao’s dig at his brash rival, who has only won twice inside the distance since 2007.

Pacquiao on Friday called on Nevada sports officials to “impose the appropriate sanction” on Mayweather for allegedly violating anti-doping rules in the build-up to their mega-fight in May.

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He also asked for a rematch, saying he was treated unfairly when he was not allowed to take USDA-approved painkillers for his injured shoulder before the fight.

“That is why I want a rematch. One without any injury and with fair play. No favouritism. Not one where the Mayweather camp gets to dictate all the terms and conditions,” he said.

Mayweather allegedly received an injection of vitamins and minerals on the eve of his fight with Pacquiao, a violation of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules, according to a report on SB Nation sports website.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he beats Manny Pacquiao cleanly. (File photo) Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he beats Manny Pacquiao cleanly. (File photo) However, Mayweather insisted that he was a “clean” athlete and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said the IV infusions did not violate any rules.

The richest fight in boxing history took years to become reality, partly because of Mayweather’s insistence that Pacquiao comply with a strict drug-testing regime.

The fight generated $400 million in US revenues fuelled by 4.4 million pay-per view buys.

The 38-year-old Mayweather, who styles himself as “TBE” or “The Best Ever” said after Sunday’s fight with Berto that it would be his last.

Pacquiao, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, is preparing for a gruelling election campaign that will start by the end of the year.

He is eligible to run for another term in Congress, where he represents his impoverished home province of Sarangani, or he can opt to run for the Senate.


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