WELL-KNOWN boxing writer/columnist and author Scoop Malinowski is concerned that the US Anti Doping Agency random drug tests may be faked to frame eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.
“I have ever so slight suspicion that (Al) Haymond or Floyd Mayweather Jr. could scheme to frame Pacquiao with a fake positive drug test via his association with Travis Tygart at USDA,” said Malinowski, indicating he was “not saying it will happen, just a remote possibility. Hopefully, it won’t.”
Malinowski referred to a comment by undefeated welterweight Keith Thurman, who scored an impressive win over Robert Guerrero, after he reportedly said that if Pacquiao drops out of the May 2 date, he would replace him if called by Haymon.
“I find that very strange and a red flag,” Malinowski said, even as he referred to the “weird, nervous faint tone of Floyd’s press conference speech on Wednesday. I must say suspicions are aroused if Floyd truly wants to do this fight after being forced by Les Moonves.”
The boxing writer/columnist and author concluded: “Let’s hope everything is on the level though and May 2 does happen without any nonsense or corruption.”
There have been instances in the past, where the USADA head had praised Mayweather for his insistence on random drug tests, even as he appeared to question Pacquiao’s attitude towards drug testing.
Leo Reyes of the Digital Journal has suggested that Arum and Roach make sure that they run “a parallel test by the one being conducted by USADA to counteract any attempt to fake the test results. They could use the Voluntary Anti Doping Agency to do the parallel drug and urine testing or any licensed and trusted agency of their choice.”
The columnist indicated it is possible that Arum and Roach “have already commissioned VADA to do do its own parallel test, without informing the public or any one in the camp as a safety measure in case a fake result is used to get the fight canceled.”
Malinowski’s first book “Heavyweight Armageddon! The Tyson-Lewis Championship Battle,” which was published in 2008, was described as a “smashing success” by renowned Hall of Fame trainer and TV commentator Emmanuel Steward.
In the meantime, a youtube video expose, alleged that Haymon’s fighters were victims of “slave contracts” following earlier allegations that his people were paying potential sparring partners to stay away from the Wild Card gym, although it didn’t bother Roach or Pacquiao.
Pacquiao’s longtime adviser Michael Koncz told the New Standard and the Viva Sports internet site boxingmirror.com, dedicated solely to the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, that the Filipino ring icon is doing fine.