Along with Orenthal James Simpson's unbearably inspiring quest for justice on golf courses across Florida (or any other state where he doesn't have to repay that evil civil suit he lost and has to pay damages for), another valiant knight is galloping off toward truth, vindication in clearing his name and solving Floyd fighting Pacquiao––apparently by siring one illegitimate child after another (I'm not aware of twins as yet).
Phew, I thought we were in serious trouble.
Put your faith in the "Real Deal."
It is fascinating to look at what Holyfield said after these grossly false accusations came his way and put more lives in jeopardy via "natural disasters" (translation: God's wrath):
"What is it gonna do for me to get on steroids? Enhance me to do what?" Evander Holyfield responded to reports.
I'm guessing longer, more intense workouts promoting muscle gain never sprung to mind (especially for an ambitious cruiserweight looking to step up to the heavyweight division). Ditto improved recovery, increased strength, explosiveness or the psychological edge in preparation and performance knowing you're jacked up on enough product to supply toupees to the hair club for men simply from the overgrowth of your back hair.
But what are we to make of the admitted or caught cheaters in the sport? Tommy Morrison and Shane Mosley have both admitted to taking PEDs to assist them in harming other boxers. Think how Margarito gained an edge with those hand wraps over Cotto and the lasting damage to his career and life as a result? What if he'd killed or crippled him in the ring? What if the cumulative damage from that fight will remove otherwise healthy years of thought from Cotto's life and relegate his family to caretakers of a feeble old man?
This is the glaring distinction between PEDs in boxing and other sports. An unearned advantage in boxing can literally mean the difference between life and death during a contest, yet most likely the impact will be felt long after the final bell has wrung. It's something we can't forget when we think about cheaters in the sport trying to maximize their earning power or potential at the expense of not just fairness, but someone and their entire's family's well-being and life.
Put it this way: how many of the cheaters in other sports, once they'd cashed in on cheating and finally came out with their use due to being caught or trying to rehabilitate their image to regain employment somewhere (Mark McGwire), mentioned only using steroids once? Or even just a few times? Or even just for a few months?
McGwire admitted to using on and off throughout the 1990s. You only have to look at the photos of these athletes while they admitted to using and compare it with other periods of their career to have an idea when they were juicing or not. Look at before and after photos of Sammy Sosa or Bonds or Ed Norton from American History X compared with any other point of his life.
What harm was there to Shane Mosley for doping? Did he have to give away all that money he earned while fighting doped or ask forgiveness from the boxers who beat while on the juice? Hardly.
Tommy Morrison was a wrecking ball in the heavyweight division when he landed his punches. He admitted to extensively cheating with PEDs. What recourse do the boxers who he might have lost to have to reclaim what he cheated his way to taking from them?