An anonymous internet post is quoting a former sparring partner of Manny Pacquiao, who says he injected the multi-division champion with performance enhancing drugs. The post did not name the sparring partner, saying only that he was from the Philippines. The post said that Pacquiao began using PEDs before his fight with Oscar de la Hoya.
The report was circulated today primarily through the twitter accounts of Sugar Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Think they have an agenda?
Nonetheless, Pacman had to issue a statement. Here it is:
An anonymous post on an internet forum claims an unidentified former Filipino sparring partner injected me with steroids before my fight with Oscar de la Hoya and in subsequent fights. This is completely false, totally fabricated, and, not surprisingly, leveled by someone who will not even identify himself. I did not even have a Filipino sparring partner during my training for the fight against De La Hoya or for any fight since then.
I have never taken steroids, HGH, or any banned performance-enhancing drug. Period. My success in the ring is due to hard work, belief in God, and the support of my fans. Like every boxer, I am required to take drug tests in connection with every professional fight in the United States. I have passed every one, including my fight against De la Hoya and my most recent victory against Shane Mosley.
I will fight to protect my hard-earned good name and reputation.