Tim Bradley: "Manny Pacquiao was willing to comply with VADA or WADA drug screening"

Written by Joseph Herron at Mar 29, 2014 - 12:48PM ET in News
While negotiations for the April 12th rematch between eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao and current WBO title holder Tim Bradley were taking place, many media outlets reported that the decision to implement drug testing once again became a controversial issue.

Due to the fact that the current 147 pound champion prefers and voluntarily elects to participate in the VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) drug screening program, curiosity among Pacquiao's harshest critics was stoked when Top Rank CEO Bob Arum announced that his fighter's drug testing procedure would be supervised by WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) instead.

The current Welterweight Champion set the record straight during a recent conference call with the always inquisitive boxing media.

"Just to clear things up, Manny didn't care what testing we were doing," clarified Timothy Bradley."

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"He was willing to do VADA or WADA, so there was no argument as far as the testing goes."


I just chose to do the VADA testing to stick by what I have tried to set out to do and that's to clean up the sport and making sure that a lot of these guys are getting tested."

"The Nevada State Athletic Commission decided they didn't want VADA representing us, and that they wanted to use the same procedure we did in the Marquez fight, which was WADA. It was very successful in that fight so they wanted to stick with it and not mess around with VADA."

Although the NSAC prefers to use the World Anti-Doping Agency to oversee its most stringent testing processes for fights that attract the most attention to the sport, "Desert Storm" felt strongly about staying consistent with his decision to participate in his customary anti-drug program for each and every fight.

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"I am doing double testing just to prove to everybody that I am a clean fighter and am willing to do whatever with hard work and dedication, which is how I got to this position."


The long awaited rematch to their controversial first meeting will finally go down on Saturday, April 12th, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The highly anticipated event will be promoted by Top Rank, Inc, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST.

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