Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather: Drug-Testing Fiasco Part 2
To see Part 1 of this series, click here.
With the announcement that the AIBA is entering into the world of professional boxing, the possibility of Mayweather and Pacquiao using this association as a testing agency seems like a more definitive solution to Bob Arum's request to find a "neutral" agency to conduct the Olympic-style drug testing.
It also adheres to exactly what Team Mayweather has asked Pacquiao to do—take random Olympic-style blood and urine drug tests (which, like USADA, is governed by the World Anti Doping Association).
It can now be argued that the AIBA has the upper hand against the USADA (if—and only if—Team Pacquiao requests to utilize them). If Team Mayweather believes Pacquiao still does not want to "take the test", then they should call his bluff and request the use of the AIBA.
Here are the reasons why.
The USADA obviously has experience in dealing with boxers (Mayweather, Mosley and soon VIctor Ortiz). They also likely have dealt with amateur boxers in past/current U.S. Olympic teams.
However, the number of boxers the AIBA have tested under WADA regulations trumps the amount of boxers the USADA have tested.
In this category of "boxing drug testing," the USADA is like Wal-Mart selling Levi's jeans. AIBA is the Levi's jeans store.
Don't get me wrong—they're both Levi's jeans at the end of the day.
However, you can't argue the fact that AIBA has more experience in drug testing boxers than USADA.
I received comments and emails from readers after Part 1 of this article downplaying the AIBA because of its affiliation with "amateurs."
My argument back then was that it was of no significance, due to the fact that the AIBA would be conducting WADA style Olympic testing (and testing only) and not commissioning any boxing type rules/regulations.
Now, with the announcement of AIBA entering into professional boxing, these critics will hopefully be silenced.
Richard Schaeffer was recently quoted as saying that drug testing is not cheap.
He is obviously referring to what Goldenboy had to pay for the Mayweather-Mosley testing and the upcoming Mayweather-Ortiz testing.
The AIBA, which is not a well-known organization in the U.S., would likely (I'm speculating here) come at a much more affordable price than what the USADA charges.
What happens in our business world when domestic production becomes too pricey? They outsource to foreign companies for a cheaper price!
This isn't a telecommunications company outsourcing their call centers to India, though. This would be two boxers submitting to World Anti Doping Association regulations conducted by an internationally recognized organization (AIBA).
I don't see why Team Pacquiao (or Team Mayweather) can't put this offer on the table when and if the next negotiations for the mega-fight begin.
I also don't see why either team could reject this solution. Both sides would be getting exactly what they wanted.
I have been one to not place the blame on any side from the very beginning. However, like many others, I am getting a bit tired of all the posturing and shenanigans from both sides.
This is the best solution to the drug testing fiasco—and Bob, Al, Leonard, Richard, Floyd, Manny, if you're reading this—please consider.
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