Popeye the Pacman: Is Manny Pacquiao Using More Than a Can of Spinach?

PrimeTyme KobyContributor IDecember 29, 2009

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 14:  Manny Pacquiao smiles before taking on 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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Manny Pacquiao's meteoric rise to welterweight is nothing less than astounding.

He seems to be like a real-life version of Popeye the sailor man. Devastating opponents that were naturally bigger than him.

But never did it cross my mind that he could be using more than spinach to power up.

The recent suggestions by Team Floyd Mayweather for Olympic-style blood testing seemed to me as a noble request, considering the magnitude of the fight.

Besides, it's only projected to be the most lucrative fight ever. 

But Pacquiao's refusal to adhere to the request is baffling. He has used every excuse in  the book not to do it, from not liking needles to it being against his beliefs. But he received a blood test two weeks before the Ricky Hatton fight.

Now the stipulation from Bob Arum (Pacquiao's promoter) is that he will submit to three blood tests, but none 30 days before or less prior to March 13.

This is really disturbing.

If you have nothing to hide, what could be the problem?

You are a professional athlete who is about to be involved in the biggest fight in 15 years. There is nothing wrong with a request for an Olympic-style blood test.  Mayweather has everything to lose, so I understand completely.

There is obviously something deeper to this story, and Barry Bonds has never been publicly proven to have taken steroids, but we all have seen the huge head and other unusual growth.

The threat of defamation of character lawsuit doesn't trick me either. In a rational world, if you are not guilty, and want to prove to the world you have had no help, you would be the first on that line for that amount of money.

If it's not about the money, then where is the integrity? One would be led to believe that a national hero like Pacquiao running for office would be the first to prove the wholesome progress that he has made in his craft.

Meanwhile, the man that has been labeled a pariah, and a nuisance to the sport, Mayweather has undoubtedly made a strategic, but classy move.

Pacquiao doesn't have explaining to do, but he does have a negative drug test to submit.