BOXING icon Manny Pacquiao admitted feeling vindicated after Floyd Mayweather Jr was found to have benefited from a banned IV procedure a day before the two fought in the richest boxing match in history four months ago.
At the same time, Pacquiao challenged the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to impose appropriate sanction against the unbeaten Mayweather, who makes what he claims to be his farewell fight on Saturday (Sunday morning, Manila time) against heavy underdog Andre Berto.
“Masaya ako na lumabas talaga kung ano yung totoo. I was vindicated. Kasi dati the Mayweather camp had been accusing me of using PED (Performance Enhancing Drugs),” said Pacquiao in an official statement from General Santos City.
“Tingnan nyo ang nangyari, siya pala ang lumalabag sa alituntuning ipinapatupad ng Nevada State Athletic Commission.”
The 36-year-old legendary Filipino boxer admitted being dismayed by the decision of the NSAC to deny the request of his camp to administer USADA-approved pain killer for his hurting shoulder hours before the fight.
Pacquiao went on and injured his right shoulder during the course of the fight, which later necessitated surgery.
“Biruin mo tiniis ko ang matinding sakit ng right shoulder ko from 4th to 12th round. Hindi ako sumuko, para hindi mapahiya ang mga fans ko. Sinunod natin ang patakaran ng NSAC kahit ultimo mineral water at energy vitamin ko na matagal ko ng ginagamit ay hindi nila pinayagang dalhin sa loob ng dressing room,” Pacquiao lamented.
And then all of a sudden, reports came out USADA gave Mayweather an exemption to use banned IV three weeks after the fight.
“Bakit three weeks after the fight lumabas ang exemption? Ano, may itinatago?,” asked the Pacman. “For the sake of fairness and for the good of the sport, NSAC must be consistent. Kung kailangang mag-impose ng appropriate sanction, dapat gawin ng NSAC to sustain its credibility and to show to
the world na wala itong preferential treatment na ibinibigay sa Mayweather camp.”