I am a little tired of the Manny
Pacquaio lifers screaming "Why is Manny the only one
getting accused of steroid use, when a soon-to-be
46-year-old ex-convict has never once been accused?"
One main and very explosive
reason why Bernard Hopkins hasn't been accused is that
he's not knocking top contenders out cold.
Let me show you how well I can
navigate through boxrec.com.
Manny retired Oscar De La Hoya, a man who had previously
been stopped just once in his career -- and that was by
a career middleweight who now campaigns as a light
heavyweight (Hopkins). Then Manny scored a second-round
KO of Ricky Hatton, a man who also had lost just once --
by a late-round knockout to Floyd Mayweather Jr. He left
Hatton motionless for several minutes in what was the
most devastating knockout of the Brit’s career and
virtually finished him as a fighter.
In his latest outing, he went up in
weight to fight for the vacant light middleweight title
against Antonio Margarito, who, at 5-foot-11, was a
giant compared to the 5-foot-6 Pacquiao. He dominated
the bigger foe, battering him from pillar to post,
sending him to the hospital for plastic surgery.
Each of the aforementioned fighters was a multi-division
Pacquiao turned pro 15 years ago at
the ripe ol' weight of 106 pounds and campaigned below
130 from 1995 to 2008.
Great fighters beat other great
fighters for numerous reasons, but Pacquiao has done all
this while moving up in weight and winning titles in a
record eight different weight divisions -- and most of
his victories have come by knockout.
Pacquiao barely beat Juan Manuel
Marquez by a split decision in a bout fought at 130
pounds back in 2008, but now, since jumping to 154
pounds, he is suddenly knocking out future Hall of
Famers in devastating fashion.
Back to Hopkins,
who has only moved up two weight divisions since turning
pro and hasn't recorded a knockout victory since,
coincidently, knocking out a much-smaller De La Hoya
back in September of 2004.
The fact remains That neither guy has failed a drug
test, but is boxing up to par with its drug testing? Do
they test like Major League Baseball or the Natoinal
Football League? The answer is, no.
Though I've never fought on the level of a Pacquiao or
Hopkins, I have fought in 28 professional boxing
matches. Many of my fights were broadcast live on HBO
pay-per-view, ESPN2, Showtime, Telefutura, Azteca
America, Fox Sports and major networks in Canada and
Germany. I even opened the HBO pay-per-view telecast in
June of 2006 when Hopkins was the main event. My point
is, in 28 professional bouts spanning six years, I've
been tested only a handful of times for steroids. If a
MLB or NFL player was tested just a handful of times in
six years, that might raise a few questions for many
fans, don’t you think?
Hopkins clean? Yes, far as we can all see. Is Pacquiao
clean? Yes, far as we can see.
knows what the future holds, but instead of pointing
fingers, we should enjoy the great performances Pacquiao
and Hopkins have given us thus far.
I have been critical of both men in the past, but after
a valiant effort by Hopkins when he “beat” Jean Pascal,
and after Pacquaio just put a beatdown on Margarito I
have been just as gracious in giving both men there due.
I stand by my previous statements and firmly stand by my
views on Pacquiao’s promoter.
The great Jimmy Buffet put it best,
I think, when he said, “It takes no more time to see the
good side of life than it takes to see the bad.”
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