By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Houston, Texas - Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has come out in support of random drug testing for boxers after WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire unilaterally underwent WADA year round testing.
Arum told the Manila Standard and ABS CBN following the press conference for this Saturday's title fight between Donaire and Mexican warrior Jorge "Travieso" Arce that he is not capable of determining whether a fighter is on performance enhancing drugs and would not wish to cast aspersions on any fighter, but that as promoter he would "insist" that prior to a fifth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez - that both fighters agree to undergo random drug tests.
Donaire told us "I think its important because its enhancement , but I do it for myself and for my fans and for the love of the sport. Its a clean sport and I hope they do it . Its good for the sport and it proves they are clean. "
Arum made it clear that any drug testing must be done under the aegis of the Commission where the fight takes place.
Donaire supported Arum's position that the various boxing commissions and promoters should insist that fighters take the test stating "Its good because if people are doing it, they are going to get caught."
Because of the threat of lawsuits nobody is prepared to come out publicly and accuse a fighter of taking performance enhancing drugs although some boxers, trainers and managers talk about it privately.
Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach had accused Marquez' strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia of using performance enhancing drugs on the Mexican who scored a crushing sixth round knockout of Pacquiao at the MGM Grand last Saturday before a stunned crowd of over 16,500 and millions more watching on television around the world.
Roach made the charge after seeing a muscular, broad-shouldered Marquez who looked even bigger than Pacquiao but weighed four pounds less at the official weigh-in on the eve of the fight.
Remarkably it was Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza who defended both Heredia and Marquez by claiming it was because went through a grueling regimen which included plyometrics, isometrics, weight training, swimming and work on the track aside from his regular boxing training in the gym.
Heredia denied any wr