In an era where Americas national past time has been hijacked by enormous amounts of performance enhancement drugs. The fight of the century is on the verge of becoming a fantasy due to the failure of Manny Pacquiao to agree to random Olympic style drug testing.
There are many world class athletes that take pride in their natural capabilities. The fact that Usain Bolt and Micheal Phelps are the greatest athletes in the world today are not up for debate. Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps were randomly tested, nearly every other day during the 2008 summer games in Beijing.
Nonetheless, we can respectively honor Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps for passing the highest quality drug test known to mankind, and still performing at the highest level beyond imagination. Nonetheless, the US Men's Basketball team were subject to random drug test every other day. They all passed with flying colors and still took home the gold medal.
However, what if the US Men's Basketball team, Michael Phelps, and Usain Bolt refused to submit blood samples before competition? Would we question their authenticity? Of course we would, we would trash these guys down the barrel, and call them every possible name we could, we would also strip away all of their accomplishments, diminishing their image to that of Marion Jones.
The same rules apply with Manny Pacquiao. It is almost unbelievable that Manny Pacquiao, is not willing to agree to random Olympic style drug testing. Any excuses brought by Bob Arum and Top Rank boxing should immediately be dismissed. In an era plagued by performance enhancing drugs, Manny Pacquiao should be ashamed.
If Manny was clean he would have no problem taking an Olympic style drug test. The greatest athletes in the world have gone through the same testing. The Nevada Boxing Commission takes urine samples from boxers before and after each fight.
Urine sample drug testing is a joke, anyone who does not know how to pass a urine sample drug test is a flat-out idiot. Besides, urine samples cannot detect whether or not HGH is in your system as well as numerous other performance enhancement drugs.
A minor league baseball player once told me " I'll make it to the Majors on this juice, there's no way to detect it through urine samples, and if they could all I need is 24 hours to clean out my system". I am sure Manny's camp knows the same, which is why they will not commit to the testing.
Before negotiations for the fight, Mannys' camp were blabbering on about how Manny is going to knock Floyd out, and insisted that their guy was clean with nothing to hide, and was okay with Olympic style drug testing. Once the negotiations got rolling Freddie Roach began contacting top notch fighters like Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley to come spar with Manny in preparation for Floyd Mayweather. In addition, as of last week Freddie admitted that a flight with Floyd would be an uphill 12 round battle.
As of Monday, December 21 the fight was nearly finalized with the MGM Grand being named as the location for the "Fight of the Century". All of a sudden on Tuesday afternoon Bob Arum and Freddie Roach began to reject the notion of Olympic style drug testing. Freddie Roach even calling Floyd Mayweather a coward for requesting Olympic style drug testing.
Is Floyds' camp wrong for asking Manny to agree to Olympic style drug testing? No way, there was nothing wrong when every sports reporter in America asked Barry Bonds to submit a blood sample to prove he was clean. Of course Barry Bonds denied the notion, and we all called him a liar, we even heckled him before each game. Furthermore, Mark Ecko purchased Barry Bonds record breaking home run ball and put an asterik on it and shipped it to Cooperstown, for the sake of history.
The idea of Manny being on steroids was first brought to the publics attention before the Miguel Cotto fight. Larry Merchant of HBO sports questioned Mannys' weight gain, along with his ability to easily move up in weight class unlike any fighter in history. Nonetheless, Manny plummeted Miguel Cotto to a 12th round TKO, winning an unprecedented world record setting 7th division title.
Floyd Mayweather Sr., suggested that their is no way for a fighter to start fighting at 106 pounds and eventually move up to 145 and walk through a welterweights punch. Floyd Mayweather Sr., not the most credible of individuals, however you cannot refute his knowledge of the sport of boxing, Floyd Sr. has been involved in the sport of boxing longer than 30 years and knows what can be achieved naturally.
Lets compare Barry Bonds with Manny Pacquaio. Barry Bonds gained weight and achieved unprecedented success, hitting 73 home runs in the 2001 season, and breaking Hank Aaron's all-time home run record with 762 career home runs. Manny Pacquaio gained weight and achieved unprecedented success winning 7 division titles, and became an icon over a 12 month period.Its only right that we question incredible achievements of athletes who gained enormous amounts of weight and muscle.
Mannys' camp is in a tough position, there's a few things that can happen. The first thing is, Mannys' camp can twist the story and make Floyd Mayweather the bad guy for requesting Olympic style drug testing. Mannys' camp can agree to the Olympic style drug testing and go into the ring risking the chance of being plummeted by Floyd Mayweather, however if he loses to Floyd in a beat down fashion everyone will say he's been juicing all along, lets put an asterisk next to his name. Finally, Mannys' camp can walk away from the fight and a $50 million purse, and leave everyone to question why the fight never happened.
Manny owes it to all true boxing fans to take the test and go along with the fight. There's no valid reason to why a clean fighter would walk away from the biggest payday in boxing history, all over a drug test. If your clean you got nothing to hide and that's that. Obviously Manny has something to hide, got to tip your hats to Larry Merchant for pointing this out before anyone else did.