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Olympic drug testing for Mayweather-Mosley fight


Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr., left, and "Sugar" Shane Mosley pose at a press conference in New York to announce May 1 welterweight fight in Las Vegas. (March 2, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

There won't be any dispute about blood testing this time around.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley have agreed to use Olympic-style drug testing for their May 1 fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Much was made of the issue after Mayweather demanded that Manny Pacquiao agree to random blood testing. Pacquiao refused, which halted plans for their megafight.

Mosley, who has been lobbying for a chance at Mayweather or Pacquiao for several years, said he is more than willing to take random blood tests.

"If he wants to test, no problem, I'll take one. I would've agreed to it before and after 2003," Mosley said at a news conference earlier this month. "I live my life clean."

Representatives of the fighters joined Travis Tygart of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Thursday to discuss the program in a conference call.

Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) has made references to Mosley's links to BALCO on several occasions. Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs), according to leaked grand jury testimony, admitted to unknowingly taking steroids in 2003. When asked at the news conference about Mosley's speed, Mayweather said: "We know when he was on steroids, he was fast."

Mayweather, who still believes Pacquiao is using performance-enhancing drugs, said he hopes that someday all states will require boxers to submit to random blood testing.

Blood testing is not required by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which uses only urine samples. But Keith Kizer, the executive director of Nevada's athletic commission, told Newsday earlier this month that the commission would welcome the results.

"If they are taking blood tests, I would want to see copies of those tests, along with their MRIs and HIV tests," Kizer said.

The USADA will oversee the tests, which can be administered before and / or after the fights.

Mayweather and Mosley met with officials from the anti-doping agency last weekend to provide whereabouts information and learn about the testing, which is similar to testing used in amateur sports.

It's not clear what the punishment would be if either fighter were to test positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

With AP


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