Right before the big fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 2, Floyd Mayweather took an IV injection that was banned under World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines, according to a report by SB Nation.
Officials for drug testing found evidence of an IV when they arrived at Mayweather’s house the day after the fight. Mayweather’s medical team claimed that it included a 250-milliliter mixture of saline and multivitamins and a 500-milliliter mixture of saline and Vitamin C, according to ESPN.
Now here’s the issue..
The injection was a violation of World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines, and can dilute or mask the presence of other substances injected before or shortly after as well.
Three weeks after the fight, Mayweather received an exemption from the United States Anti-Doping Agency, the report said. The executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission Bob Bennett said that he was “less than pleased that USADA acted the way it did.”
“The TUE for Mayweather’s IV — and the IV was administered at Floyd’s house, not in a medical facility, and wasn’t brought to our attention at the time — was totally unacceptable,” said Bennett. “I’ve made it clear to [USADA CEO] Travis Tygart that this should not happen again. We have the sole authority to grant any and all TUEs in the state of Nevada. USADA is a drug-testing agency. USADA should not be granting waivers and exemptions. Not in this state. We are less than pleased that USADA acted the way it did.”