Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley: Will Random Drug Testing Get in the Way?

Leo ReyesAnalyst IDecember 19, 2010

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Shane Mosley is expected to accept just about anything legal which will be required of him in order to land a fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Not only will the fight give him his biggest purse ever in his professional career, but it will also give him a chance to pull an upset and further enhance his marketability.

It has always been the stand of Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum that drug testing as required by law is the primary concern of the state where the fight will be held.

In the case of the Pacquiao-Mosley fight, which will most likely be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) will be the state regulating body that will do the drug testing on both Pacquiao and Mosley.

Random blood test as originally proposed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. may not be required by NSAC on the proposed Pacquiao-Mosley fight as the agency has relied on urine samples and has not done random blood testing on Pacquiao since he started fighting in Nevada.

But Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said he would require Shane Mosley to undergo drug testing before facing Manny Pacquiao on May 7.

Among the three shortlisted possible opponents of Pacquaio, Mosley has the edge over the two others which include Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez and Haitian-American Andre Berto.

Bob Arum and Freddie Roach, who have traveled to the Philippines to grace Pacquiao's 32nd birthday, are pushing for a Pacquiao-Mosley clash and Pacquiao is expected to announce his decision shortly.

“It won’t be an easy fight for Manny,” said Roach, who arrived here to celebrate Pacquiao’s 32nd birthday and was scheduled to leave Manila for Los Angeles last night. “I think he’s a tougher opponent than (Andre) Berto or (Juan Manuel) Marquez. He can punch with either hand. But if the fight pushes through, I’ll insist on a drug test. He’s been known to take steroids and it shows in his body.”

It may be recallled that Mosley admitted he took EPO by injection prior to his fight with Oscar de la Hoya in 2003. EPO supposedly increases the volume of red blood cells and the oxygen-carrying capacity in the blood.

The admission was corroborated by BALCO founder VInce Conte who testified that Mosley has used two types of designer steroids.

Mosley’s former trainer, Darryl Hudson, confirmed it. Designer drugs are created “to get around drug laws by modifying molecular structures of existing drugs to varying degrees.” A government raid on BALCO facilities yielded evidence of Mosley’s drug use.

In the same Philstar article about Roach's insistence on Mosley's drug test, Roach said it’s difficult to explain why the 39-year-old Mosley let Floyd Mayweather Jr. off the hook when he rocked him with a pair of rights in the second round during their bout last May. “Mosley could’ve taken out Mayweather but he froze,” said Roach. “I don’t know why he let him go. Maybe, it was a result of having taken drugs in the past. That kind of thing does something to your brain. But he looked good in knocking out (Antonio) Margarito.”

It is understood Pacquiao will likewise be subjected to the same drug test as may be required for Shane Mosley.

Most likely, NSAC will be conducting the tests for both Pacquiao and Mosley assuming the fight will push through on May 7.

Random blood and urine testing as demanded by Floyd Mayweather Jr. during his twice-failed negotiations with Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum will most likely be set aside in the proposed Pacquiao-Mosley fight, as Arum did not disclose it as part of the Mosley proposal.

Pacquiao has been found clean by the Texas Licensing and Regulatory Board after a series of tests were conducted on him and his opponent Antonio Margarito in connection with their fight last Nov. 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.