Money Mayweather is
back at it. The best pound-for-pound fighter
is on a promoting tour, hyping up his Sept. 17 HBO
pay-per-view fight with Victor Ortiz.
fighters hail from the Midwest. Ortiz is from Garden
City, Kansas, and Mayweather was born and raised in
Grand Rapids, Michigan.
the attention of the world with the cliché love-hate
relationship. Liked or not, he is the biggest draw
in the world.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer,
Mayweather has generated over a half-billion dollars
in his last six fights. -- even more than Manny
Pacquiao. For that reason alone. HBO has thrown its
marketing weight behind its “cash cow,” and
finally steps back in the ring Sept. 17, it will
conclude a 16-month layoff. Since he is fighting a
lefty in Ortiz, many speculate he is preparing for
The Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound king, Pacquiao.
also a lefty.
megafight has not yet come to be because of
Mayweather’s demand for Olympic-style drug testing,
and this is where things get difficult for the
average person to comprehend.
Mayweather defended his stance
on OSDT and actually called out HBO.
“All you guys (HBO)
could have been made the fight happen,” said
Mayweather in his kickoff press conference in New
York. “All you guys (HBO) had to do is step up and
say 'Both of you guys have to take the test, and
lets make it happen.' ”
Before he made this statement,
he praised HBO as one of the best networks in the
Mayweather is appearing to
single handily try and clean up professional boxing.
As a professional
boxer myself who has fought on HBO, I personally
know that drug testing in boxing is a joke. Steroid
experts claim that simple urine tests -- the only
kind Pacquiao has submitted to -- are easy to pass
by simply controlling your dosage as the test
testing means fighters would be randomly tested,
using both urine and blood samples, making it harder
to deceive the test.
Lets not be naïve:
As strict as testing becomes, there will always be
those who find a way to manipulate the tests. But,
right now the best testing out there is OSDT. The
fact is, steroids are more common today than they
were a decade ago. Steroids have impacted the
sporting world in a negative way, from
track-and-field all the way to cycling.
brash, outspoken, cocky attitude and realize that he
is actually in a position to clean up boxing. No
other fighter has the exposure and brass to make
this stand and actually force fighters to take a
test. Well, none besides Pacquiao, who clearly likes
the rules as they are.
Manny is following
the rules and has never tested positive for
steroids, but, can we all stop acting like steroids
are not in boxing?
Mayweather made a very
valid point, comparing baseball players using
steroids to boxers. Baseball abusers are hitting a
ball with a bat, he noted, but boxers are hitting
your face with a steroid-enhanced fist.
“If you beat me, I want you to
earn it,” Mayweather said to Pacquiao. “I don’t want
it to be tainted.”
When I am in the ring I
want to know my opponent has no illegal edge. My
life depends on it. Who are any of us to criticize
another fighter who puts his life on the line when
in that squared circle? Many fighters have died in
the ring under normal circumstances.
This debate is not about which
fighter we love more -- it is about the integrity of
the sport of boxing. Boxing will still be here when
Pacquiao and Mayweather are long gone. For the
integrity of the sport, fans and athletes deserve to
know that what they are experiencing is real.
“Tis my opinion every man
cheats in his own way, and he is only honest who is