Floyd Mayweather has now come out to make a public statement denying any rules violation stemming from an IV treatment he received a day before fighting Manny Pacquiao:
"As already confirmed by the USADA statement, I did not commit any violations of the Nevada or USADA drug testing guidelines," Mayweather said in a statement. "I follow and have always followed the rules of Nevada and USADA, the gold standard of drug testing.
Floyd continues by reminding the public that he's the one who made a big show of demanding stricter drug testing in his fights in an attempt to 'elevate' the sport - but many are now disregarding that stance as a mere public relations sham.
"Let's not forget that I was the one six years ago who insisted on elevating the level of drug testing for all my fights. As a result, there is more drug testing and awareness of its importance in the sport of boxing today than ever before. I am very proud to be a clean athlete and will continue to champion the cause."
Pacquiao's advisor, Michael Koncz, is said to be upset over this news and thinks the whole thing is ironic since Pacquiao was denied a Toradol injection prior to their fight, but he's not so upset that he doesn't want a rematch for Manny.
"I find it ironic. We tried to get an injection that was totally legal before the fight and the commission slams us and then this thing with Mayweather happens," Michael Koncz, Pacquiao's adviser, told ESPN. "We need to fight in Vegas again so I don't want to make many more comments but it is unusual and it was never disclosed to us until quite a ways after the fight."
Well, they say there's no such thing as bad publicity, and this story certainly isn't making Floyd look all that good. But could this story possibly bring extra attention to this weekend's fight with Andre Berto? We shall see...