Malignaggi: I Asked for VADA, Got USADA & No Tests Yet

by David P. Greisman

Paulie Malignaggi says he asked for one drug-testing agency for his June 22 fight with Adrien Broner, was denied in favor of another agency, and meanwhile still has yet to be tested with the bout only about six weeks away.

“I actually asked for VADA [the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association] first and I was turned down,” Malignaggi told Ben Thompson of “They said they were going to USADA [the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency], but I’m still waiting on what’s going on with USADA. I still have not been tested. I still have not heard anything.

“They said, ‘If you want VADA, there’s no fight,’ ” the 32-year-old welterweight titleholder added seconds later. “Do you ask for VADA and lose out on a 7-figure payday, or do you just say, ‘Alright, fuck it, no VADA,’ and take the payday?”

Malignaggi-Broner was officially announced on April 25.

VADA was used for a pair of Golden Boy bouts in 2012 that ended up not happening because of positive tests for banned substances: Lamont Peterson’s rematch with Amir Khan was canceled after Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone, and Victor Ortiz’s rematch with Andre Berto was canceled after Berto tested positive for nandrolone.

VADA also was used for the Golden Boy-promoted bout featuring Canelo Alvarez vs. Shane Mosley. Both fighters tested clean.

Golden Boy has been using USADA. Meanwhile, a couple Top Rank-promoted bouts earlier this year had VADA testing: Timothy Bradley vs. Ruslan Provodnikov, and Nonito Donaire vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux. All four fighters tested clean. VADA will also do the testing for this November’s Top Rank-promoted bout between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kamikaze_ero on 05-14-2013

Broner has been given time by his testing agency to flush off all the ped out of his system before conducting the test....and poor Malig....he and the public were deceive by these pretenders...

Comment by kamikaze_ero on 05-14-2013

[QUOTE=Big Dunn;13369052]yes Broner is not as suspect as Manny-we do agree![/QUOTE] Broner is a suspect coz he will use a corrupt and shrouded with controversy in USADA while Manny isn't, will use a very reputable VADA.

Comment by Fetta on 05-14-2013

[QUOTE=Cgarcia;13369151]Very true. Getting tested positive while accusing everyone of cheating is nothing comparable. It took VADA to see the difference. Fans should applaud VADA.[/QUOTE]I applaud VADA. Good for boxing. USADA is respected by the world so i applaud them too.…

Comment by Cgarcia on 05-14-2013

[QUOTE=Fetta;13369125]They are not even remotely the same...[/QUOTE] Very true. Getting tested positive while accusing everyone of cheating is nothing comparable. It took VADA to see the difference. Fans should applaud VADA.

Comment by Fetta on 05-14-2013

[QUOTE=Cgarcia;13369114]Floyd's case is the worst. Three positive test results. Same guy who demands tests and found out to be cheating himself. Just like Berto and Peterson.[/QUOTE]They are not even remotely the same but keep reaching. Now go on

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