Tim Bradley Says If Juan Manuel Marquez Doesn’t Agree to Drug Testing Fight is Off
I don’t believe this is an idle threat by Bradley.
He is the type of guy that stands by his principles and if he thinks Marquez is cheating, I wouldn’t be shocked if he walked away from a huge payday.
“My contract says VADA USADA is going to be involved. There’s nowhere that says a third party is going to be involved. I spoke to (NSAC executive director) Keith Kizer earlier this week, with Marquez and everybody on the phone, and I let him know what my concerns were.
“I let them know that you guys are doing the testing that my promoter is asking for you to do but in my contract it says USADA VADA. That’s what it says in my contract so that’s what I’m going with. The whole state of Nevada getting involved and doing their drug testing, that’s fine but in my contract it still says VADA USADA is going to be involved as well,” Bradley stated.
“At this point if they are not going to be involved there is not going to be a fight at all. Just put it that way. If this guy doesn’t get drug tested at all by VADA or USADA then the fight’s not going to happen,” said Bradley.
“I would definitely embrace walking away from this situation. If someone’s not willing to take the test it just sounds real fishy to me. I am not going to fight someone at this level and risk everything if they cheated. Everybody has to be drug tested. If this guy’s not tested the fight won’t happen,” Bradley told BoxingScene Radio.
For the record JMM has never tested positive for anything, but people are very suspicious. The reason is common sense, JMM had fought Manny Pacquiao three times before and never even knocked him down. In their 4th fight he knocked him down once and then knocked him out cold the second time.
I can understand why Bradley would want testing beefed up. He doesn’t want to be on 1000s memes like Pacquiao.