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Arum: Pacquiao, Rios to be randomly drug tested by VADA
Top Rank will pay for Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios to be randomly drug tested by The Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency, according to company CEO Bob Arum.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has confirmed a report that his organization is paying for eight-division titlewinner Manny Pacquiao and once-beaten junior welterweight contender Brandon Rios to be randomly drug tested by The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) for their their bout in Macau on Nov. 23 (Nov. 24 in China).
Top Rank is using VADA for the third time, having employed the organization in March for the unanimous decision by WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley over Ruslan Provodnikov, as well as last month's unanimous decision by RING, WBA and WBO titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux over Nonito Donaire.
Arum chose VADA over the United State Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
"We're going to use VADA. To me, we've had experience now in two fights with VADA, and they've conducted themselves extremely well. The fighters who have participated have nothing but praise for the way that it was handled. I'm going with the organization that I have a track record with rather than an organization that I have never used," said Arum.
Arum has been assured by VADA, which was founded by former ringside physician Margaret Goodman, that it will be able to successfully handle the testing procedures.
"We're going to make arrangements because it's a little tricky. Most of Manny's preparation will take place in the Philippines, and then he'll be in Macau," said Arum.
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