On May 1, the night before Floyd Mayweather would fight Manny Pacquiao in their highly anticipated matchup, he reportedly took a total of 750 milliliters worth of banned IVs.
According to SBNation, Mayweather received a 250-milliliter mixture of saline and multivitamins and 500 mL of saline and Vitamin C shortly after his weigh-in, in an effort to rehydrate after making his weight. Any IVs over 50 mL are banned, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission did not find out about this until three weeks after the fight.
However, Mayweather received an exemption from the United States Anti-Doping Agency, even though they didn’t have the authorization to grant the exemption.
The report also went on to claim that while Mayweather received the exemption for the injection, Pacquiao was denied a request to be injected with a painkiller to treat his injured rotator cuff, since he didn’t apply for it in a timely manner.
“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,” Bennett is quoted as saying in the report. “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.”
Mayweather has not yet commented.