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Bradley Shakes Head at Marquez Testing: It's a Joke!

By Chris Robinson

In a BoxingScene.com article from Bill Emes on Wednesday, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum insisted that the drug-testing issues surrounding the Oct. 12 welterweight title bout between WBO champion Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez have been resolved.

In recent weeks, Bradley has claimed that either VADA or USADA testing needed to be  involved for the fight to push forward, and later threatened to pull out of the contest if that wasn’t the case.

Word spread that Arum was looking at bringing in a third party to handle the testing, along with the cooperation of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and confusion ensued.

Speaking with Emes, Arum claimed the matter had been sorted out.

“Everything is fine,” said Arum. “The Nevada Commission is running the tests. They are taking extensive tests. They started it [on Tuesday]. Everything is in order. The tests will be just as or even more extensive than USADA or VADA. You have to understand that these are the same tests. These organizations may evaluate them differently but the tests are the tests.”

A quick stop by Bradley’s training base in Indio, Calif., where he has begun ardently prepping for Marquez, shed light into how the defending champion is dealing with all of the drama.

If anything, Bradley appears to be a little distressed by the situation.

“First and foremost, before the fight was even announced or even thought about, before I even discussed money with these guys, I said Marquez had to do the VADA testing,” Bradley recalled. “They came back to me and said he agreed to it, he’ll do it. But he wants to do USADA. And I’m like ‘Why not VADA?’ I never really got an explanation.

“I guess Bob wanted to get a third party, VADA or the State Athletic Commission to get involved in testing us and they hired some agency,” Bradley continued. “I have very little detail about that. I just think it’s a joke honestly.”

Bradley claims that he will work closely with the NSAC to ensure that all protocols are followed from his end and pointed out that he is still going to do VADA testing as well.

“I chose to do whatever the commission wanted to do, because I wanted to be licensed to fight in Vegas and if I didn’t abide by their rules then I wouldn’t get licensed in Vegas to fight,” said Bradley. “I’m doing VADA because I want to show everybody I’m a clean athlete. I train extremely hard and I’m dedicated to my craft. I’m a hard worker and nothing beats hard work. I’m doing VADA testing, not for anybody’s sake but mine.”

Bradley finished the conversation by urging the public to make its own opinion on how everything has played out.

“Whether or not Marquez wants to do it or not, I think that him not wanting to take the test, I think the writing is one the wall,” said Bradley. “Everybody can think whatever they want to think. I think a certain way. Of course, I can’t really say much.

“But, you guys be the judge,” Bradley stated. “The people, the fans, everybody can be the judge. Like I said, I’m a man of my word and that’s why I’m doing VADA testing, because it’s in my contract and I’m doing the Nevada State Athletic Commission, I’m doing that testing too.”

To check out the full interview with Bradley, including bonus quotes, please visit Tim Bradley says the 'writing is on the wall' with Juan Manuel Marquez and the drug testing drama

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by iloveboxing2 on 08-11-2013

There is a reason why JMM hired MEMO, Dinamita got tired juicing himself with his own yellow juice. Life ain't perfect, id10ts are the main recipe for other people's success, it's the gold's f00l! Bradley's a smart guy and he…

Comment by Frank Ducketts on 08-10-2013

I love Marquez to death, and hopes that he beats Bradley. With that said, if the man is not undergoing testing that is satisfactory towards everyone, then something is fishy. Why would Bradley look for a way out? Look at…

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 08-10-2013

[QUOTE=Ray*;13636680]As long as the eye brow is about him asking for a ridiculous rehydration clause then we can all raise it to the roof because I know I did.[/QUOTE] :rofl::rofl:

Comment by firstborn on 08-10-2013

How can people be upset because Bradley wants the orginal terms of his contract honored? Only a fool would believe that some of the sports top stars aren't using PED's.

Comment by soul_survivor on 08-10-2013

[QUOTE=HBK;13634204]I think Bradley is looking for a way out.[/QUOTE] I don't think Bradley is looking for a way out, he genuinely thinks JMM is avoiding legit testing, why? Is there a reason for that? He's been doing this for a…

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