The condemnations were quick and swift as Filipinos and fans of Manny Pacquiao took to social media and various Internet web sites called on the Nevada Boxing Commission to strip Floyd Mayweather Jr., of his titles of call for an immediate rematch after he reportedly took an intravenous injection (IV) of saline and vitamins, a procedure which is banned under the World Anti Doping Agency procedure.
"Cheat," writes Non Alquitran, a journalist from the Philippines on his Facebook account reacting to a report written by SB Nation revealing that collection agents of the U.S. Anti Doping Agency found evidence that an IV was administered to Mayweather a day before the fight, on fight day and after the weigh-ins during his much-touted fight with Pacquiao last May.
User B3ntong commented on a story published in the local newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer, "So that was his secret for stamina for dancing and running all night long avoiding a one arm boxer...truly the best ever CHEATER!"
While Blade McBlaze suggested that a formal complaint should be filed against Mayweather so he would be stripped of his titles or paid a stiff penalty.
Another user named TheTuth, said, "That's why he doesn't want to fight outside NEVADA. He's protected there to win no matter what... Not to mention those Lidocaine/Xylocaine Anesthetics injections for his brittle hands before fight time."
In the SB Nation article, it was explained that the substances injected to Mayweather were not banned under WADA rules. However, the intravenous procedure is prohibited because it can hide or dilute the presence of another substance that is already in the system of the recipient, including performance-enhancing drugs.
According to the report, the camp of Mayweather has admitted to USADA agents that the pound-per-pound king was given an IV containing a 250-milliliter mixture of saline and multivitamins and a 500-milliliter mixture of saline and Vitamin C to rehydrate the boxer.
The 2015 WADA Prohibited Substances and Methods List states, "Intravenous infusions and/or injections of more than 50 ml per 6 hour period are prohibited except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions, surgical procedures, or clinical investigations."
The SB Nation article, written by respected boxing writer Thomas Hauser also accused the Mayweather team of allegedly manipulating the USADA to cover its failed drug testing at least thrice.
Hauser writes, "Mayweather delays the official announcement of his fights until well after they leak publicly as a loophole for potential drug use. Mayweather does not engage in true year-round Olympic-style testing. Rather, he dictates terms of testing to USADA and tells them testing can only begin once the fight has been announced. This delay would theoretically allow Mayweather to use PEDs for the months leading up to fights without risking being caught. For example, Mayweather did not officially announce the match with Andre Berto until 39 days before the fight. News of the fight date had leaked several weeks earlier."
The writer also said that "Mayweather was rumored to have failed drug tests for three consecutive fights but was granted retroactive therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) by USADA."