Pacquiao vs Mayweather: Breaking Down the Accusations

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Pacquiao vs Mayweather: Breaking Down the Accusations
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As of the moment, there are no possible signs of life for the Pacquiao—Mayweather fight and there are a lot of fingers being pointed in both the fighter's directions. I have been reading up on this story ever since Manny Pacquiao's 12 round TKO win against Miguel Cotto, and I am admittedly one of the millions of boxing fans who also asked for this fight to happen.

Team Mayweather has insisted that they will not sign a contract if Manny Pacquiao will not subject himself to an Olympic style drug testing wherein blood testing is involved and that the test itself has no predetermined cut off time which could lead up to fight night itself.

I just can't believe that Floyd Mayweather, who has repeatedly claimed that he is bigger than boxing, really believes that he is. And to add to his narcissistic views, he now believes that he is bigger than not only boxing, but also the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the same institution that has tested boxers for decades. 

Is Floyd Mayweather indirectly saying that NSAC is useless and that NSAC for the past decades, has not been doing its job well enough to assure fair and healthy fights? This is the same commission which has tested the likes of Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, Mike Tyson, Oscar dela Hoya, and even Floyd Mayweather himself. Is he now indirectly putting a cloud of doubt on all the boxers including the greats? 

A number of boxing fans have blamed Manny Pacquiao and keeps insisting to just take the test if he has nothing to hide. Manny Pacquiao as humble as he is, has enormous ego too, and by the way Floyd Mayweather is acting would a Manny Pacquiao just say yes to what ever Floyd Mayweather says? Floyd has acted to be the boss of boxing and the boss of NSAC, and now that he tries to get to be the boss of Manny Pacquiao he gets a lawsuit in return. This just shows that Manny Pacquiao can't be bullied inside or outside the ring.

People that put the blame on Manny Pacquiao should realize that he is not the commissioner of NSAC or any other drug testing commission. It is unfair to put the burden of cleaning the whole of the boxing world on Manny Pacquio's shoulders especially if the guy really believes that he gets weak when he undergoes blood testing. This is no excuse that just popped out from Manny Pacquiao after Floyd Mayweather asked him for a blood sample.

In fact, back in 2005, Manny Pacquiao was interviewed by a Philippine based journalist and he said that when NSAC asked him two days prior to the first Morales fight for a replacement blood sample after his medical records got "lost", he suddenly felt weak and that his punches were different (Youtube). Isn't it that part of boxing includes mental toughness and preparedness and if someone believes he is going to be weak it is more than likely that it will follow through in the ring? I suddenly can't stop thinking if Golden Boy Promotions got a hold of this information and shared this with Team Mayweather.

Team Mayweather has accused Manny Pacquiao of using steroids and cheating without even looking at the mirror. Floyd Mayweather does not realize that Manny Pacquiao and himself almost have the same resume. Both of them started at 106 lbs and climbed weight while beating bigger guys along the way. They both also maintained their speed and power while making the transition. Why is it all of a sudden impossible for an Asian guy to do all these things thus the accusations of steroids while on the other hand an African-American doing the same thing is very possible?

Floyd Mayweather's camp is also baffled by how Manny Pacquiao gets to beat bigger guys while increasing weight. Aside from Ricky Hatton whom I don't even consider a big guy, the fights of Miguel Cotto, Oscar dela Hoya, and David Diaz lasted for 12, 8, and 9 rounds respectively. With the hundreds of punches these guys took from Manny Pacquiao, would it be fair enough to say that if he was on steroids, these guys would not have lasted that long taking those number of punches?

Team Mayweather is also in doubt on how Manny Pacquiao has taken punches from bigger guys. I don't think Manny Pacquiao has received a "punch" from these guys hard enough or clean enough to say that Manny Pacquiao was on steroids. As simple as it is, Manny Pacquiao did not get rocked or KO'd by his previous opponents because he was too fast for these guys and by the time they throw a power shot, Manny Pacquiao is no longer there. Again, a boxer needs to get hit for a KO to happen. It will really be outrageous if anyone would believe that steroids improves defense.

A lot of boxing fans have pointed out that Manny Pacquiao has tattoo's all over his body yet he is not agreeing to have a simple blood test. I think critics in this issue are mistaking having a "phobia" as just being "squirmish" towards something. People are also mistaking the real issue here which is the "effects" the procedure would bring to the body and not the actual needles. Its not as if Floyd Mayweather is asking Manny Pacquiao to get a tattoo on fight night. The main issue here is that we are all individuals and getting blood drawn from the body has its side effects to some, and for some its just like nothing happened.

I would also like to point out the hypocrisy of Team Mayweather. Richard Shaeffer two yrs ago was so defensive against a Shane Mosley drug test and now all of a sudden he is on the offensive like nothing happened. Oscar De La Hoya after fighting Manny Pacquiao bragged about not feeling his punches but now is saying Manny Pacquiao's punches felt like Shane Mosley's. Floyd Mayweather Sr., accuses of steroids while having been convicted of dealing. Floyd Mayweather calling fairness in boxing that he forgot about weighing 2 lbs over the limit against Juan Marquez, an already smaller fighter.

What is the real motive of Floyd Mayweather? Why is he all of a sudden the soldier of fairness? Why didn't he invoke fairness before? Why would he even go beyond as to challenge the Nevada State Athletic Commission? Why all of these demands only now that he is facing Manny Pacquiao? Why all these fiasco and hypocrisy if he really wanted this fight with Manny Pacquiao.

 

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