Mayweather vs Cotto won't be the only fight in Vegas on May 5 with extra drug testing, as Canelo Alvarez and Shane Mosley have agreed to testing by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) for their featured undercard about on the HBO pay-per-view card.
While Mayweather and Cotto will use Floyd's preferred USADA, the VADA mission statement is to do the same testing (not quite Olympic-style, but random before the fight) but at a more affordable price than USADA can provide.
Lem Satterfield reports that both sides have agreed to it, it's in the contract, but Dr. Margaret Goodman, who leads VADA, won't yet comment beyond saying they've been contacted about the matter until everything is 100% finalized.
The good news here is that this, combined with their handling of the Ortiz vs Berto rematch now rescheduled for June, could be the breakthrough that VADA needs. USADA is expensive, and VADA may be a truly viable option for fights that aren't on the level of a Mayweather event, but really should have this level of drug testing at least.
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Mosley, of course, was part of the BALCO scandal in the early 2000s, admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs (an admission he tried to hide for years). He has been randomly tested recently, as he fought Mayweather in May 2010, losing a wide decision.