Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios have both been tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), Margaret Goodman announced this week. In fact, the pair has been tested at least twice since Sept. 12 of this year, per the official VADA website. Both camps have reportedly cooperated fully with the folks conducting these exams.
News of Pacquiao and Rios being so committed to participating in a ‘clean’ bout has reminded fans and writers alike of the comments that were made prior to Pacquiao’s Dec. 2012 fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. Shortly before the bout was scheduled to take place, trainer Freddie Roach came out and insinuated that Marquez was on something. His exact quote, you will recall, was “If his body is natural, I will kiss his ass.”
Unfortunately, while his eye test is probably as good as anyone’s in the business, Roach didn’t have any proof to back up his indirect accusations. And without proof, it’s just baseless rumor-mongering.
It’s undeniable that Marquez entered his fourth fight against Pacquiao with a more ripped physique than ever before. Along the same lines, it’s also irrefutable that he developed this new, extreme muscular frame under the direction of admitted steroids peddler ‘Memo’ Heredia. The fact that this all happened at age 39 also deserves mention. That being said: all the tests from before and after the match came back clean. Which means that regardless of what anyone says, on the record, Marquez’s victory was legit.
Still, the experience of losing to a guy who they believed was on something was so scarring for the Pacquiao camp that they immediately requested stringent drug testing of Rios; yes, like the kind that offended them when Floyd Mayweather Jr. requested it.
"I confirm that both fighters have been tested by VADA,” Goodman told RingTV.com. “The results that we get go directly to the fighter, or to whomever he designates from his camp. They go to the promoter, which is obviously Top Rank, the China Commission, and it goes to the Association of Boxing Commissions.
"We don't release results to the public. The fighter can release results to the public at any time. Any other details regarding testing or results will have to come directly from the fighters' camps, the promoter, the ABC or the China commission."
Pacquiao and Rios will square off at The Venetian Macao on Nov. 23 of this year, assuming nobody fails any drug tests between now and then.