Manny Pacquiao with Shane Mosley
Too much publicity has been accorded by the Internet, print and broadcast media for the upcoming fight between Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquaio on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Almost everything from fighters' childhood story to the highlight of their respective boxing careers have been written and covered by mainstream media as well as by boxing enthusiasts in their blog pages.
It is interesting to note however that very little attention or discussion was evident in most news or even opinion articles related to the upcoming fight.
Equally interesting is the fact that a mere mention of Floyd Mayweather's name in the highly-hyped Pacquiao-Mayweather fight talks, a drug issue would become the center of discussion and heated debate would ensue among boxing fans and supporters of both fighters.
Why is the drug issue so interesting in a Pacquiao-Mayweather match and not so much or almost a non-issue in the Pacquiao-Mosley fight? Is there some kind of a double standard here?
The fact is Mosley has admitted having taken some performance enhancing drugs at one point in his boxing career as he acknowledged it in court during the hearing in the controversial BALCO probe.
And yet fans seem to ignore it or have shown little interest in drug test component of the Pacquiao-Mosley fight.
Boxing insiders are saying drug tests should be done on both fighters and the way to do it is by allowing the state sports regulator to conduct the tests.
In the case of the Pacquiao-Mosley Saturday night fight, the fighters must submit to the jurisdiction of the Nevada Sports Athletic Commission (NSAC), which is the Nevada State regulating body for the required tests.
Mosley has not required Pacquiao to take a random drug test as demanded by Mayweather before he signs up for a fight with Pacquiao.
On the other hand a heated debate would almost always take place once Mayweather utters the word "Take the Test." The unbeaten boxer is of course telling Pacaquiao to take his version of the random drug test so that the much-awaited fight can take place.
For about two years, Mayweather and Pacquiao promoters have been trying to make a deal for the fight everyone in the world wants to see.
However, negotiations have almost always failed to gain ground due to Mayweather's recurring demand for his version of random drug testing before he signs a fight contract.
Pacquiao supporters say Mayweather is using the drug testing issue as a way out to evade Pacquiao for fear he will lose his "O" being an unbeaten champion. Fans are saying he is scared or even afraid to face Pacquiao.
Still Mayweather's supporters are saying Pacquiao is a drug cheat as he continues to refuse random drug testing as demanded. If he is clean, why is he afraid to take the test, they asked.
Pacquiao said he was willing to take the test based on mutually-agreed terms and conditions but Mayweather walked away from last talks for no apparent reasons.
In the meantime, Mayweather has been downgrading Pacquiao's ability as a champion by saying he is picking a fight with his leftovers, referring to Shane Mosley whom he defeated in his last fight via a unanimous decision.
He said he is better off watching Lady Gaga on Saturday than spending time watching Pacquiao and Mosley at the MGM Grand.