Sunday, March 14, 2010

WBO requires only postfight urine test for Clottey-Pacquiao

WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcartcel has confirmed that his organization will require no blood testing for welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao or top contender Joshua Clottey regarding their March 13 bout at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
“If Texas state law required blood testing,” Valcarcel said Tuesday, “then we would go along with it. I understand their only blood test is for licensing and its purpose is screening Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. “Both fighters will be subject to our immediate postfight urine testing as per usual with a WBO title match.” Valcarcel said he is keen on the fight and the dazzling venue. “It’s a great start for the New Year. Clottey is very tough but a little bit slow. I think it’s a solid fight. And fighting in the new stadium should be exciting.” Valacarcel, who attended funeral services for Miguel Cotto Sr., confirmed that Miguel Jr. and his estranged trainer-uncle mourned the family’s loss together. I asked “Paco” about recurring rumors that uncle and nephew might reunite in boxing. Word is Cotto will challenge WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman June 12 in the now traditional night before the Puerto Rican Day Parade show at Madison Square Garden.


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