Leveling the Playing Field for Superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Epie CatongcoContributor IJanuary 23, 2010

Leveling the Playing Field for Superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Breaking the Impasse - Mexican Stand-Off 

In the Los Angeles Times, The Fabulous Forum article dated January 7, 2010 – “Floyd Mayweather Jr. talks, says he’s ready to fight”, is quoted as saying: “First and foremost, not only do I want to fight Manny Pacquiao. I want to whip his punk ass. Before the mediation, my team proposed a 14-day, no-blood-testing window leading up to the fight. But it was rejected. I am still proposing the 14-day window, but he is still unwilling to agree to it, even though this is obviously a fair compromise on my part as I wanted the testing to be up until the fight and he wanted a 30-day cut-off. The truth is he just doesn’t want to take the tests.”  

Let’s analyze the superstar Mayweather Jr.’s and Pacquiao’s conflicting and hardened stance that collapsed the negotiation of their mega-fight:

1.  Mayweather insisted on an unprecedented random blood testing, above and beyond what is required by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) boxing         regulation and accusing Manny Pacquiao of doping.

A.  Dr. Don Catlin, UCLA Professor Emeritus and many considered the “Father of Sports Drug Testing”, was quoted in an interview by Michael Marley on January 2010 saying: “contrary to an article he published back in 2003, that BOTH random checks of urine and blood are imperative to keep athletes, in this case boxers, honest.  This kind of testing must be done so the public can be sure, relatively sure, that boxers are clean.”


On December 30, 2009 Michael Marley posted Dr. Catlin’s 2003 Article at:  http://www.examiner.com/x-5699-NY-Boxing-Examiner~y2009m12d30-UCLA-Doctor-Blood-tests-not-needed-to-catch-EPO-cheaters taken from a 2003 article posted at http://www.letsrun.com/2003/epoqa.php.  Dr. Catlin was quoted saying that: 

Blood testing has received a lot of attention because it is a new concept in the drug testing world. There is a blood test for EPO use, but it is only an indirect test that can be used as a screening measure to save money by determining whether the urine EPO test needs to be conducted. All the blood test does is tell the testers that the athlete has an unusual blood profile that warrants further investigation. The abnormal profile could be caused by the use of EPO, some other blood boosting drug, or just be explained by the athlete being a genetic freak or living at altitude. The testers then perform the urine EPO test to determine whether artificial EPO is the cause of the abnormality.”

B.  The fist of Super Floyd and Lidocaine-Xylocaine (injection). I found this interesting article at http://poolcoversite.com/faq.html?tag=Williams by Williams from Canada dated 22 January 2010, 3:20 pm.  I would like to share it with all the boxing fans to clear up the issue on painkillers Lidocaine and Xylocaine admittedly used by boxers like Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, and Freddie Roach….. Yes, our good old Freddie also have admittedly used the banned substance when he was a boxer in his prime. Here it is: 

“Back in 2007 Floyd's use of xylocaine (or lidocaine) has been questioned by Hatton and was worried that USADA protocols does not test for xylocaine. That's why Floyd insists on USADA protocols-- it's not about the blood. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/article3019074.ece  The issue here in Las Vegas has been whether or not lidocaine was permissible. The drug is not on the banned list of the World AntiDoping Agency (Wada), yet it has been ruled illegal by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), below whose authority the contest is being run. The Hattons’ concern was that, although NSAC bans the drug, if the urine samples that the boxers are obliged to give afterwards were sent to a Wada-accredited laboratory, then lidocaine might not be tested for. At the bout organisational meeting run by NSAC on Wednesday morning, Gareth Williams, Hatton’s lawyer, asked Keith Kizer, the NSAC executive director, if lidocaine would be tested for. “We’d every seen the stories about Mayweather’s hands and we had heard rumours that he uses lidocaine,” Williams said. “So we just wanted to make sure that they complied with the rules and that it would be tested for.” The request did not go down well with John Hornewer, Mayweather’s attorney. Williams said: “He responded by saying: ‘Well, what about grappling?’ I quite facetiously responded: ‘I didn’t think you could test for that.’” Kizer confirmed yesterday that lidocaine is banned for use by boxers within a week of a bout. “If lidocaine is injected,” he said, “the pain receptors in the boxer may not work and he may not know if he is hurt.” He also confirmed that lidocaine would be tested for after the bout, at the Quest Diagnostics laboratory in the city. Mayweather’s hand problems have been long documented but they resurfaced a fortnight ago in an edition of the 24/7 television documentary that showed the boxer having a wax paraffin treatment and quietly acknowledging the issue.  xylocaine is lidocaine: http://www.merck.com/mmpe/lexicomp/lidocaine.html  Floyd is a known user of xylocaine. as he admits it himself.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAIQBcpHpSs

(1:36) Jim Lampley, Emmy award-winning announcer: "Although on some states it is illegal, some fighters including Floyd have been known to inject numbing medicine into their hands just prior to a fight."

Floyd uses xylocaine, a banned substance by NSAC for fights in Nevada.  The WADA prohibited list allows the use of lidocaine or xylocaine (check it for yourself; look for xylocaine or lidocaine):    http://www.wada-ama.org/rtecontent/document/2010_Prohibited_List_FINAL_EN_Web.pdf  roach is not worried that Floyd uses xylocaine. roach does not think it's a PED. Roach used it himself after breaking his hand. He also says that he knows Roger uses it in every battle for Floyd since Roach used it himself.    http://www.esnips.com/doc/e63f2b95-6711-4c82-b50c-ab663f2ce875/Freddie-Roach-Xylocaine/?widget=flash_player_esnips_blue even, so I got your attention? LMAO.”

22 Jan 2010, 3:20 pm:

One point awarded for Mayweather Jr. (half point deducted for unfounded accusations)

2.  Quoting Pacquiao“I want to put this on the record again, that I will abide by the NSAC requirements like in all of the fights in boxing history, including all of my fights,” said Pacquiao, who vehemently denied claims that he was against drug testing. In all my years of fighting, I have never tested positive for any steroids or performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) use. I will provide any specimen, whether it be blood or urine samples, just right after the fight but not a day or two before, for obvious reasons. That should stop these clowns from asking for other drug testing procedures other than the ones already required by the NSAC.”

Freddie Roach: “he (Manny) is not actually against the tests. It’s just he doesn’t want Mayweather dictating his terms. We have passed every test ever given to us. We go by the commission rules, not to whatever rule Mayweather puts out there… We fight for the state commission, since when does the fighter make up the rules?”

See Nevada State Athletic Commission Regulation Chapter 467- Unarmed Combat - Prohibited Acts; Disciplinary Actions: http://leg.state.nv.us/nac/NAC-467.html

1.      Section NAC 467.850 - Administration or use of alcohol, stimulants, drugs or injections, urinalysis or chemical tests, disciplinary action (NRS 467.030); and 

2.      Section NAC 467.885 - Grounds for Disciplinary Action (NRS 467.030)

One and a half point awarded for Pacquiao (plus half point for NSAC). 

Breaking the Impasse (Mexican Stand-Off)

For everyone who claimed they had a say on the Pacquiao-Mayweather  negotiation but screwed it up big-time and wouldn’t admit to it and instead blame the other party who’s also blaming them which got all the boxing fans all screwed up, here’s my take on how to unscrew this impasse:

1.      All parties will go back to negotiation on random testing (Olympic style).

2.      And here’s my suggestion:

A.    The Anti-Doping Research (ADR) headed by Dr. Don Catlin will set-up the Olympic style testing protocol for the California and Nevada Commissions;

B.     60 days before the fight date, the unannounced random testing (Olympic style) of both fighters will commence;

C.      The individual State Athletic Commissions, Nevada for Floyd Jr. and California for Manny, will monitor the random testing in accordance with the established ADR protocol and the Association of Boxing Commissions Regulation;

D.     For the first 30 days before the fight date, both fighters will stay within 50 mile radius of their gym or house, Floyd in Las Vegas and Manny in Los Angeles, and each fighter will be required to report their whereabouts to their respective state commissions;

E.     The ADR will perform all the testing of blood and urine samples for prohibited list of substance in accordance with Section NAC 467.850 to include the banned drug in Nevada, Lidocaine-Xylocaine, after the fight;

F.      No fighter will have their samples taken by ADR more than the other;

G.    Mr. Timothy J. Lueckenhoff, President of the Association of Boxing Commission will assign a representative(s) from other state commissions, e.g. New York and/or Texas, to be embedded in California and Nevada Commission to ensure the integrity of the testing protocol;

H.    30 days before the fight date, blood drawing will stop but random urinalysis will continue;

I.       At 30 day mark before fight date, both fighters will be on 24/7 lock-down. Manny will stay at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles and Floyd in his gym at Las Vegas;

J.       At 30 day mark before fight date, each fighter is assigned two (2) impartial monitors, at a minimum, to watch the fighters 24/7 to ensure the integrity of the process. Monitors will stay close to their fighters and will remain with their fighter up to the day they step inside the ring and after the bout if blood and urine samples are required;

K.    All items previously agreed upon by both parties (purse split, 8 oz gloves,  ring size, and over-weight fines, etc.) will be included in the contract as approved – no more haggling;

L.     Subject to verification of both parties, all expenses associated with random blood testing and urinalysis above and beyond what is required by NSAC; Dr. Catlin and all associated ADR services; salaries, lodging and travel expenses of ABC President, state commission representatives and gym monitors will be paid by Floyd-Golden Boy Promotion and Pacquiao-Top Rank at an even 50-50 split;

M.   The NSAC will bear the cost of all testing within the NSAC regulation; and finally

N.    NSAC regulation:  http://leg.state.nv.us/nac/NAC-467.html  applies to include all NSAC approved pre-fight and post-fight protocols.

3.  It’s probably wise for the State Governors of Las Vegas and California to request President Obama to activate a company of National Guards for security during the 30-day 24/7 lock-down period. 

So there, now Floyd, please sign the contract and get this show on the road!  We can’t wait for you to show us and the world your greatness!  



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