Year-round drug testing proves Donaire has nothing to hide
MANILA, Philippines – Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire made history earlier this year when he became the first and only boxer to submit himself to year-round drug testing as conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
Donaire, who fought four times in 2012, has been tested by VADA five times and each test came out negative for “The Filipino Flash.”
"I love the sport of boxing and if I can help it in any way, I would," Donaire said when asked about why he submitted himself to year-round drug testing.
"For me, it's more of, I have nothing to hide," he stressed. "From this point on, if I do become a five-division or six-division champion or more, there's no doubt because I'm doing it the right way from the beginning."
"(It shows) that Nonito Donaire has nothing to hide from the very beginning."
Donaire also wants to prove that his success in boxing is brought about by his own ability and hard work, and not by any spurious means.
"If you do the best you can, you can be on the top level... I wanted to prove to everybody that I'm top pound-for-pound, and I'm still winning, and I do it with my own ability that God has given me," he said.
In the same year that Donaire submitted himself to year-round drug testing, a number of fights were scrapped after boxers tested positive for illegal substances.
Among the high-profile fights that were Amir Khan's rematch against Lamont Peterson, which was cancelled after Peterson failed a urine test, and Victor Ortiz's rematch against Andre Berto, which was also scrapped after Berto tested positive for steroids.
"It's a new thing," Donaire said of the year-round drug testing. "Not every fighter is clean."
"When they’re off or away from boxing, they're doing all kinds of other drugs that will show in your test," he explained. “I don’t drink, I don’t do anything, so I have nothing to hide.”
Donaire has been hailed for his decision to volunteer for year-round drug testing, and the fighter is hopeful that other boxers will follow his lead.
"I hope that they do it. I hope they're willing because the sport of boxing needs it," he said.