Pacquiao vs Mayweather Cancellation - by Peter Leopaeng
The cancellation of the Manny Pacquiao
versus Floyd Mayweather Jnr.
fight has robbed boxing fans of possibly
the greatest match-up in recent history
and at the same time robbing HBO
of its biggest boxing viewership and
also sponsors associating their products/
services with this big event.
But most of all, the cancellation has
robbed Manny Pacquiao and Floyd
Mayweather of earning their biggest
purses ever and the chance to cement
their legacy in boxing. If this fight
never sees light of day (there’s always
a possibility of it taking place in future),
then there will always be the question:
I believe Pacquiao is solely to blame
for the whole fiasco. Let me explain: All
Floyd ‘demanded’ was a stringent drug
testing procedure different from the
one normally carried out in boxing.
Usually boxers are only required to
submit a urine sample after the fight.
But then you must realize that performance
enhancing substances are a huge
advantage to the user mainly during
training. An athlete can go through an
unbelievable training regimen aided by
drugs like anabolic steroids with ease.
Such substances assist the body to recover quickly and as such sportsmen can put in an incredible amount of training without feeling the effects, ultimately giving them an edge over their opponents, who would have only been able to do a fraction of their training.
Having gone through such
training, sportsman would
then stop taking the drug a
few weeks before competition
thus allowing traces of
the chemical to clear out of
their system. The result is that such athletes would test negative for substance
abuse when tested after competition. Based on this, I’m afraid boxing has throughout the years got the wrong end of the stick.
To counteract that, dope
testing agencies throughout
the world have resorted to
randomly testing athletes even in the off season. The idea is to catch cheaters
when they least expect it. Normally testing is directed at those who seem to be
performing beyond human capability. For example seven-time Tour De France
winner Lance Armstrong once said he thought at one stage he was the most
tested sports personality ever. He would sometimes be woken up in the middle
of night for testing. He could be on holiday or anywhere else, yet becalled in for testing.
He never complained
because by then he was
proving to be the greatest
cyclist of all time,
and some people were
beginning to wonder if
he was at all “human” or
on “something”. So naturally to allay any doubts, he had to allow that kind of rigorous testing.
Closer to home, after
Caster Semenya’s dramatic
in the 800m,
questions began flying around about her gender. Rest assured Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who breaks records without seeming to try, is also a subject of rigorous drug testing. The list goes on.
In boxing when a pugilist does what has never been
achieved before, like winning 7 world
titles in as many weight divisions with
such “ease”, again questions are bound
to be asked. To remove any doubts,
like Lance Armstrong, I don’t see why
Manny Pacquiao shouldn’t have
agreed to the same testing procedure.
I’m afraid his reason for not wanting to
do be tested that way was a lame excuse.
Superstitions should not and cannot get in the way of such a big fight. If Pacman was worried about losing power if his blood was taken closer to the fight, he should have relaxed in the knowledge that Mayweather was also going to be subjected to the same procedure.
My take is that if indeed Pacquiao was using performance enhancing stuff in his previous fights, he was going to be hopelessly exposed in the Mayweather fight. His brilliant wins against the likes of future hall of famer Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto would then be suspicious. So Pacman would have lost not only against Floyd, but all his previous wins and his legacy would have been shattered.