Manny Pacquiao & Shane Mosley Declared "Clean," but Do They Really Know?

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Manny Pacquiao & Shane Mosley Declared
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DOGHOUSEBOXING.COM reported in their piece, Drug Test Results for Manny Pacquiao & Shane Mosley made public, that NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) executive director Keith Kizer declared the Mosley/Pacquiao fight to be "clean."

This claim albeit based on the negative results for any banned substances from two fight-night urine tests and prior tests of both fighters before the fight (whatever the heck that means).

OK...let's think about this for a moment. Urine tests on fight night, one test of both fighters sometime before the fight (and no indication when that actually was), and they are deemed non-users for this fight...hmm??? Does that raise any eyebrows out there other than mine?

I hate to break it to Mr. Kizer, and the NSAC, but they really have no better idea now, after these tests, whether either Mosley or Pacquiao used illegal performance-enhancing substances to improve their abilities or not.

Illegal improvement of athletic performance is not accomplished overnight, nor is it achieved over a week's period of time for that matter. It is a calculated use of chemicals and/or supplements over a longer period of time that helps the body recover sooner, become stronger, better and faster in order to gain much more out of one's training than what one could gain without them.

It artificially and abnormally allows for physical improvements, building one improvement on top of another over time, that are not possible without these substances. And their use is traditionally halted in enough time before any test so that results of their use are shown to be negative.

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I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out that if you want to really, truly find out whether someone, anyone, is "cheating" in order to become the best, then it would behoove those in power to randomly test individual athletes about a year out from when they are competing.

Better yet, how about just making it part of being an elite level athlete with consistent, continual and random testing, without the athlete's knowledge of when, taken throughout one's career—make it just part of the "job."

Mr. Kizer, I would suggest taking a page out of what we learned from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic games as highlighted in the Opinion section of The Salt Lake Tribune piece Expect illegal drugs at 2012 Olympics, Dec. 29, 2010, (and later in my piece Anticipate Illegal Performance Enhancement....To Be Hot Topic At London 2012 Olympic Games):

"To stop athletes from doping during the London Games in 2012, start the drug testing now. Testing the athletes before the Games, and not just on-site during the Games, is the lesson of the Salt Lake City Olympics."

Adopting some form of this suggestion would put you way ahead of the game on testing for performance-enhancement substances and lend much more credibility to any statement made regarding a fight being "clean" or not.

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