By Eric Thomas: World Boxing Association welterweight champion Shane Mosley has already been tested five times for drugs, according to Boxing Fanhouse. Mosley, 38, isn’t bothered at all by the blood tests for the urinalysis, and sees it as a good thing. Both Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have agreed to the United States Anti-Doping Agency testing protocols for their May 1st bout at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mosley says “I could see how fighters would not like this…But at the same time, I kind of like it. It’s truly a good thing. I think that it’s great for the sport.”
The tests for steroids and human growth hormone will continue to be randomly conducted for both fighters up until their fight next month on May 1st. One would hope that the Olympic style drug tests that Mayweather and Mosley are using for their fight be adopted by the Nevada and New York Athletic Commissions so that more rigorous testing will be done for boxers. As of now, only urine is checked. The problem that might prevent the blood testing to be implemented by the two commissions is the cost. It would likely cost more money for fighters to be randomly tested rather than having them take the usual urinalysis.
Mayweather, 32, is really big on the drug testing and is the one that insisted that the extra drug testing be done for this fight. Mayweather plans on having all his opponents tested from now on to ensure that they’re clean. Mayweather’s bout with Manny Pacquiao fell apart over the random blood testing that Mayweather wanted. Pacquiao, who feels that having his blood tested weakens him, agreed in part to the random blood testing but wanted it to be discontinued 24 days before the fight. Mayweather, however, wanted Pacquiao to be tested up until two weeks before the fight.
When Mayweather didn’t agree to the 24 days offered, Pacquiao and his team moved on and selected another opponent, Joshua Clottey to fight instead. Pacquiao, his trainer Freddie Roach, and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum would like to meet Mayweather for a mega fight. It might not be possible, though, if Mayweather wants the Olympic style blood tests to be used for the fight. Mayweather hasn’t said anything about letting the drug testing issue slide for any of his future fights. He appears to be firm on wanting them for his opponents from now on.