Thurman Fine With Limited Drug Testing
When it comes to drug testing and Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino Senator has not always been the most agreeable when it comes to his opponents requests on the amount of times he’d be tested.
The issue was so prevalent that it held up his fight with Floyd Mayweather up for years until the two sides would come to a deal in 2015.
This was not the case for Pacquiao’s July 20th fight against Keith Thurman, as VADA testing would not begin until both fighters were deep into their training for the Fox Sports Pay-Per-View.
“It was never a big issue,” Thurman said following the fighter’s grand arrivals at MGM Grand. “They came into camp. There was some drug testing. It doesn’t bother me. However they coordinate it, I accept it. I’m a world champion. I always box clean, fight clean, test clean, and I’m very proud of that. I’m not worried about Manny Pacquiao at the age of 40.
“We’ve been on his [Instagram page]. We’ve watched his performances. We see everything. He doesn’t look 15 years younger. I believe that he’s a professional athlete that is true to the sport. There will be testing before and after the fight, just like every world-class boxing event. It’s just not a thing to worry about.”
While Thurman did not specify to Boxing Scene the amount of times he and his challenger for the WBA “super” welterweight title, Thurman has said in the past that any of his opponents could take whatever they want before they step into the ring with him.
Report: Boxing Scene