Pacquiao releases negative drug test results

The camp of presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday released a copy of his drug test results which showed him negative of any substances prohibited by the World Boxing Council (WBC).

Pacquiao’s camp said the test conducted on the boxing icon turned politician was conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on July 28 and Sept. 8, before his fight against Youdenis Ugas in Las Vegas this year.

“The test covers a wide range of performance enhancing drugs that include anabolic agents like steroids and all stimulants like cocaine and metamphetamine,” Pacquiao’s camp said in a statement.

The senator’s allies released the document after President Duterte claimed that a “cocaine user” is running for president in the May 2022 elections.

Pacquiao, who is running under the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban), there are hundreds more prohibited substances that are covered by the VADA test making it more extensive than the ordinary drug tests that are administered in the Philippines.

“Before any athlete is allowed to compete in international competitions, they are required to undergo anti-doping test to ensure that they are not using any prohibited substance to improve their performance,” he said.

According to Pacquiao, he is scheduled to have a hair follicle test but he wants a laboratory that can deliver immediate results.