WADA to conduct drug tests for Pacquiao-Bradley 2

Posted at 02/18/2014 7:51 PM | Updated as of 02/18/2014 7:51 PM

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will be conducting the drug testing for the April 12 rematch between Filipino champ Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten American Timothy Bradley, Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum said.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that Top Rank will pay for the drug testing.

“For a big fight like this, you have to have the best testing,” Arum told the Review Journal.

The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) had conducted the random drug testing in Pacquiao’s previous fight against American Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios.

“We reached out to VADA, but I talked to Cisco (Nevada Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar), and he said WADA did a great job with the (Juan Manuel) Marquez-Bradley fight,” explained Arum. “So we’re going with WADA.”

Arum told the Review Journal that the drug testing will cost around $35,000, but said the amount is “justified.”

“The fans need to know that they’ll be seeing two clean athletes inside the ring on April 12,” he said.

Bradley will be defending the WBO welterweight championship against Pacquiao in the bout, which will be a rematch of their controversial first encounter in June 2012.

Pacquiao, for his part, is attempting not just to regain the WBO belt but also to avenge the highly controversial split decision that he dropped to Bradley in that first fight.