LAS VEGAS, Nevada (The Adobo Chronicles) – For a long time, Floyd Mayweather had accused Manny Pacquiao of using performance-enhancing drugs, making this his primary reason for not agreeing to fight the Filipino champion boxer in what many consider to be the “fight of the century.”
Now that the deal has been sealed for the two boxers to meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2 this year, the same drug accusation has come around to haunt Mayweather.
It has been rumored that the American boxer injects his hands with a dubious substance called Xylocaine during training and bouts. This substance, which has a numbing effect, is banned in most states, and the reason Mayweather only boxes in Nevada is that it is the only state where the anesthetic drug is not banned in sports.
Because it is not a banned substance in Las Vegas, the Pacquiao camp can do nothing about it. Besides, the boxing deal has been signed, and there’s no backing out.
So, as a compromise, the Pacquiao camp has demanded that both boxers will be injected with Xylocaine on the night of the fight, to which the Mayweather camp readily agreed.
Boxing fans, rejoice. The fight of the century is still on. And it’s fair and square! And clean (well, sort of).