LBS- Days before his potential retirement fight from the sport of boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is being accused of shady behavior regarding drug testing. Specifically, a longform piece by respected boxing writer Thomas Hauser for SB Nation accuses Mayweather of manipulating drug testing organization USADA to cover failed tests over the years.
– Al Haymon exclusively uses USADA for all of his drug testing. USADA does not report full test results to state governing athletic committees. They also do not employee carbon isotope testing, which is the most effective drug test.
– Mayweather uses contracts that allow for therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) to be retroactively granted after someone tests positive for a prohibited drug. What’s the point of even having testing if you can just get a waiver for it after you fail a test? Mayweather gave Pacquiao a contract that included this clause.
– Mayweather was rumored to have failed drug tests for three consecutive fights but was granted retroactive TUEs by USADA.
– Mayweather’s people agreed to settle a defamation suit with Pacquiao quickly — and for more money than expected — as soon as Pacquiao’s side began demanding documents regarding Mayweather’s drug tests through USADA and the NSAC.
– Mayweather had abnormally low T/E (testosterone) ratios prior to the Robert Guerrero and Victor Ortiz fights. Low T/E ratios could indicate tampering/efforts to lower your ratio to cover up testosterone use.
– USADA regularly does not submit information to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. For instance, the NSAC would not allow Pacquiao to receive a Toradol pain-killing injection prior to their May fight, but Floyd was granted a retroactive TUE that was applied for and granted two weeks after the fight.
– USADA saw Mayweather using an illegal IV a day before his fight with Pacquiao but did not notify the athletic commission about it until weeks after the fight. The IV could be used to dilute the blood and cover up PED use.
Nooo, not the sanctity of boxing! You mean to tell me the the guy that beats women doesn't have the highest moral fiber? That the guy that doesn't care about anyone or anything other than the offensively high number that exceeds the $ in his bank account isn't doing everything in his power to uphold the legitimacy of the sport that is responsible for that wealth? I can't, no, I won't believe that. If we can't put our trust in people that earn hundreds of millions of dollars trying to knock each other out then who can we trust? If I can't expect the guy that is so athletically superior that he's undefeated in boxing, while hardly ever throwing punches, to achieve that level of greatness with clean blood and piss then how will I ever know if I am not just a trainer and a few syringes away from becoming the best fighter of this generation?
As far as I am concerned this is just status quo for boxing. This is why boxing isn't a real sport. Yes, it requires the same amount, if not more, athletic ability than all of the four major sports. However, there's a reason it's run by the World Boxing Federation, and that's because they aren't anywhere near organized enough to call themselves an organization. Just look at Floyd Mayweather. He's the best fighter in the sport. HE decides who he wants to fight. HE decides when he wants to fight them. HE uses HIS promotional company to figure out HIS contract for each fight. Hell, apparently HE even decides when and how he is going to get tested for steroids. He's bigger than the entire sport. Does that give you a clearer view of why the sport is diminishing faster than Floyd's sperm count? As far as I am concerned, once Floyd Mayweather career ends boxing will die along with it. At the very least it will go into hibernation until another All-World fighter comes along.
Maybe it's just me, but I just don't care that people who make exorbitant amounts of money to punch each other in the face do whatever is necessary to make sure their body stays at it's strongest. If Floyd want to take PED's then he should. They all fucking should. At the end of the day, people just want to be entertained. People thought baseball would be better off without steroids, and now they are bitching that too many games are turning into 2-1 pitcher's duels. I think boxers should be required to pump their blood full of more unnatural hormones and testosterone than my pre-nugget chickens. Whatever makes them move faster and punch harder. Who knows, maybe we are just a couple of illegal injections away from watching Floyd have to actually fight to win a "fight" for once. Wouldn't that be nice?