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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Manny Pacquiao Agrees to Olympic Style Drug Test for Brandon Rios Fight

Manny Pacquiao has finally agreed to succumb to the Olympic-style drug testing that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been demanding of all his opponents since 2010.

As a result, Pacquiao will be randomly tested for performance enhancing drugs all the way up to his Nov. 23rd welterweight bout with Brandon Rios in Macau, China.

The fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather was supposed to happen before, but didn’t because of a dispute over drug testing. The two parties were close to a deal for a March 2010 fight, but talks deteriorated over the style of drug testing. Pacquiao has publicly said several times since then, that he would agree to whatever test – but it was too late.

Pacquiao later sued Mayweather for defamation relating to allegations that Pacquiao was using performance enhancing drugs. The sides settled out of court in September 2012 for a confidential amount. Some say Mayweather paid Pacquiao a significant amount to drop the suit.

With this drug issue behind Mayweather and Pacquiao, and the sport of boxing losing popularity, let’s hope these two get in the ring and give the people the fight they have been looking for.

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