Is Manny Pacquiao a Cheater?

Joe OneillCorrespondent IIDecember 23, 2009

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 14:  Manny Pacquiao sits in his corner between rounds with trainer Freddie Roach against Miguel Cotto during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The latest buzz has the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight being cancelled because Manny Pacquiao refuses to submit his blood for steroid testing 30 days prior to the fight because of 'superstition'.

What superstition?

In recent years, Pacquiao has come under intense scrutiny because of his amazing rise to the top in seven separate weight classes. He's gone from a good hitting Flyweight champion to a destroyer as a Welterweight. He's pummeled Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and Miguel Cotto at a weight many people thought would be too much for him. 

Floyd Mayweather Sr. has been quoted as saying there's something 'not right' about Pacquiao. 


Maybe it's not so foolish.

I mean, c'mon, he won't do it do to 'superstition'? The guy is a boxer for goodness sakes. He probably drips blood twice a week in the ring. 

It was an interesting play by the Mayweather's and, quite honestly, a damn smart one. 

If Manny refuses to sign this contract, a massive payday that should be more than $50 million, over a drug testing clause. 

Well, I don't think anyone will care if there's proof or not, he'll be found guilty. 

Yes, he'll still be a combination of Elvis, Jesus, and Michael Jordan in his native Philippines. To everyone else, he'll just be another athlete that's juicing. 

I've always been a Pacquiao fan. He's a tremendous fighter and honestly cares about his homeland. He hands out money and food after each fight to the poor of the Philippines. He is charismatic and always smiling. He's running for congress.

I honestly hope he takes the test and the fight will proceed. Even now, after bringing up not wanting to take the test, many people are already skeptical. 

I think he'll agree to the test. He has too. The fight is too big and too many people are watching.

I don't understand his reluctance. He's agreeing to have his blood drawn 30 days prior to the fight and immediately after the fight.

So what's the big deal?

If steroids are in his body during the fight, certainly they'll be there after the fight. I just don't get it.  

No doubt the controversy over this blood flap will follow him. But, if he agrees to the blood testing and still will only add to his legacy.

Let's say worst case scenario is he was juiced for his welterweight fights and he decides to go into this fight clean. 

Will he still win?


His punches won't have the power to keep Floyd off of him. He won the Cotto fight because his punches staggered Cotto repeatedly. 

That said...I think he's innocent and he'll win this fight. I think this tactic from the Mayweathers was smart, but showed how truly scared they are of Pacquiao. 

Come March 13th, Floyd won't be able to hide and he'll be out of excuses.