It's still a clusterwhozits, but the October 12 HBO PPV main event between Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez appears to be moving forward. VADA tweeted earlier that Bradley has "re-enrolled" with their program, which means he's doing what he says he was contractually obligated to do (and wanted to do), while Marquez, is, um, at large.
Bradley (30-0, 12 KO) had been threatening to withdraw from the fight if VADA or USADA did not handle the testing. Promoter Bob Arum is putting the Nevada State Athletic Commission in charge, which in my view, as I've said before, is a serious conflict of interest. Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO) doesn't want to do VADA testing, but has accepted USADA testing, I guess, which is ... man. Come on, man. Someone take the tests. All us real #boxingfriend conspiracy theorists know that any bad results can and WILL be fudged by evil ol' Bob anyway!*
The good news, I guess, is that it appears we'll get the fight. The bad news is this remains stupid, and in the wake of the Biogenesis scandal, the boxing world still appears to resist the idea that serious, stricter, well-organized testing is a primary concern. It's an industry that prefers to stay largely secretive and inbred, like carnies.
* I'm joking. You might not be. Or maybe I'm not. WHOA?