Truth Hurts LLC Presents....
"The IV Gate!"
First of all guys, IV(intravenous) Rehydration is and has been a common practice in both Boxing, MMA and any other sport that included cutting weight through dehydration. However, both WADA and USADA have indeed banned that practice as of recent.
It was banned in the UFC by USADA, because after further investigation, and observation, MMA fighters were caught trying to mask banned substances such as PEDs as well as diuretics, they were trying to put PEDs in their system along with vitamins, and lastly(and probably most importantly) they were trying to hide what is called Athlete Biological Passport
ABP An athlete biological passport is an individual, electronic record for professional athletes, in which profiles of biological markers of doping and results of doping tests are collated over a period of time.
Now again, USADA bans the use of IV Rehydration.....unless a special permission is given called Therapeudic Use Exemption(TUE).
TUE is allowed by USADA under the following circumstances:
When an IV infusion is administered to an athlete, the following criteria should be fulfilled:
1. A clearly defined diagnosis.
2. Supportive evidence that no permitted alternative treatment can be used.
3. The treatment has been ordered by a physician and administered by qualified medical personnel in an appropriate medical setting.
4. Adequate medical records of the treatment.
In all fairness, Floyd did not appear to have any medical conditions described the in the criteria to warrant the exemption for the TUE. However, Top Rank, Team Pacquiao and the NSAC were all notified in advance about the TUE and the use of IV rehydration.
I would also like to pose the question whether or not Manny Pacquiao used or has used the same method during the Mayweather fight, or in the past?
It is clear that trainers typically don't have an issue with it, and have traditionally not had an issues with it, considering Manny Pacquiao's promoter, Freddie Roach said the following about Oscar De La Hoya's use of IV Rehydration during his 2008 bout against Manny Pacquiao Roach said: “I saw the IV in his arm, I saw the IV marks, it was fresh tape, they hydrated him too late, they waited too long to hydrate him. It was nothing illegal… The thing was, they couldn’t get anything into his system… Nobody let him build his body back up. They did it to themselves.”
Again, trainers have always understood that the best method to rehydrate a fighter was through IV, not through drinking or drinking alone. Not all trainers(especially seasoned old school trainers like Roach) agree with and on on board with the USADA and WADA regulation....neither are promoters and advisors. So Roach, Arum, Koncz and Pacquiao clearly didn't have a problem with IV rehydration.
Quite honestly, this story was old news, and was brought up way back in May. But it was cleared up following a few questions to the NSAC and USADA....back in May!
Dan Rafael brought the story up, perhaps because it was new news TO HIM!!! The story was so old, many of us who actually follow Boxing heard it, and forgot about it.
Perhaps if Dan Rafael spent more time in the face of fighters, managers, promoters, and trainers, and less time at the buffet spread for the press, he would have known this already!