Pacquiao, McGwire and the Whole Darn Thing

Bill CodyCorrespondent IIIJanuary 15, 2010

WASHINGTON - MARCH 17:  Former St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire (L) talks with Rafael Palmeiro of the Baltimore Orioles during a House Committe session investigating Major League Baseball's effort to eradicate steroid use on Capital Hill March 17, 2005 in Washington, DC. McGwire and Palmeiro were named in the Mitchell Report that was released December 13, 2007 by a committee looking into use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball and headed by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Tonight I was listening to Tony Bruno on the Fox Sports Network and he was hammering pretty much everyone involved in aborted mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Everyone involved.

Bruno made what I think is a very valid point as well. He said he doubted very much whether either fighter would draw well in their next fight. He also stated that he believed fans would continue to be angry until Manny and Floyd agreed to get in the ring against each other and I couldn't agree more. 

I've listened to a lot of sport talk radio since the collapse of the fight and from what I can tell very few fans are taking sides in the debate over drug testing. Most people don't even care about drug testing.

Look at how baseball fans and sportswriters treated Alex Rodriguez this year during the World Series. Did anyone bring up the fact that he is an admitted steroids cheat?

Heck, no. They gave him the MVP award.  

Then there's boxing itself. Richard Schaefer had the cajones to suggest that a good opponent for Mayweather would be Golden Boy's own Shane Mosley. 

It does make some perverted sense. You won't have to test Sugar Shane to find out if he's a steroids cheat. You only have to go to his own Grand Jury testimony to know that he uses performance enhancing drugs.

Which brings me to one of the other big stories of the week. 

Mark McGwire finally admitted what we already knew. He was juiced when he chased down Roger Maris and broke the single season home record. 

What did he get for his troubles? Pretty much universal scorn. 

That's right. The same sportswriters that wrote about A-Rod finally coming through in the playoffs to become a real team leader condemned Mark McGwire for finally admitting what everyone knew all along. That he was juicing during his entire career.

And I know that some of the consternation was brought about by McGwire's statements that he didn't believe the roids helped him hit more home runs. I believe that was a mistake on his part.

But was that any more ridiculous than A-Rods lame excuse that he used because his contract put pressure on him. Or any less believable than A-Rod claiming he only used when he was in Texas. 

Of course not. 

Which is why we should just get rid of drug testing completely. Because while PED's might be unfair to the people who don't use them, it's even more unfair to pick and choose which athletes are allowed to cheat and which ones are not.

Why do we let Mosely, A-Rod and others use with impunity while trashing others athletes that have never even tested positive because we suspect that they might have used?

Why does ESPN hand Rodney Harrison a plumb announcing gig even though we know he used HGH right before the 2007 Super Bowl? Shouldn't there be supreme outrage directed at someone who we know cheated in the biggest sporting event on the US sporting calender?  

This isn't to say I think Pacquiao is dirty. I really do believe he thinks the taking of blood weakens him if taken right before a a fight. 

Why? Because that's what he said after the Erik Morales fight. That was four years ago when he GAVE blood two days before the fight.

That was when he used to have to lose weight before he fought because he normally walked around at 145 in the weeks before he fought. Now he doesn't lose weight because he fights at his natural weight. 

But even if he was using something, the fact is urine tests are just as good or better for catching steroids and HGH which is to say they aren't much help at all.

The only thing blood tests are better for is EPO which doesn't make you bigger, it just gives you more stamina and that isn't what the Mayweathers were yakking about so what's the point of all this nonsense in the first place?

(FYI—Shane Mosley has admitted using EPO as well as steroids. Yet Mayweather's managers who also rep Andre Berto did not ask for blood testing for this month's Berto - Mosley showdown.)

The fact is that most drug cheaters have been busted by law enforcement. Marion Jones is in jail because she lied to law enforcement. She was tested over 200 times and never had a dirty test. 

That certainly makes a case for those Olympic Testing labs doesn't it. 

We need to forget about drug testing and let the players play. It's the only fair thing to do.