By By Babatis Banda @ BoxingNews24.com: It is disheartening to see the level of double standards in boxing today. Not so many years ago, Floyd Mayweather junior P4P fighter 44-0, challenged Manny Pacquiao 54-5 to take the test for prohibited substances for them to fight. Pacquiao refused. The PEDs issue became the main roadblock to the fight.
Floyd was being blamed for asking for RBT (Random Blood Testing) and the reasons given were illogical. Up to now, some hard-core Manny Pacquiao fans have maintained that Floyd should never have asked for RBT but should have instead fought Pacquiao without conditions.
The unthinkable happened in their 4th fight for Pacquiao and Marquez. Pacquiao was taken out, unconscious for a number of minutes. Again, Pacquiao fans cried foul. Some of them were so sure Marquez was on PEDs despite testing negative. Some of them were also so sure that Marquez was able to hide the substance which they say is undetectable.
These are the same people who also claim that Pacquiao has never tested positive, a complete opposite of their logic.
Pacquiao is now fighting Rios, a fighter coming off a loss. If it had been Floyd fighting Rios, they would have cried murder, sure that Floyd was cherry picking. Pacquiao is now requesting Rios to under-go the same tests that he turned down. This is kind of confusing and I don’t know how Pacquiao’s fans look at this.
These double standards are really sad, and the comforting factor is that they are not coming from real boxing fans, but fanatics of Pacquiao. It is sad that Pacquiao has to end up this way, in a very bad way.
From Sports Illustrated March 2012 -
“For years, the issue of random blood testing held up Mayweather-Pacquiao. Now it’s the purse split. The real issue is pride.
Bob Arum promotes Pacquiao. Mayweather is his own boss, contracting Golden Boy for promotional duties on a fight-by-fight basis. Arum used to promote Mayweather before Floyd left acrimoniously in 2006. Mayweather would rather pass on the richest prizefight in history than co-promote it with Arum.”
“‘Pacquiao’s an amazing fighter, but if you don’t got nothing to hide, then take the test,’ Mayweather told the fans and media, a once-loaded refrain that now rings hollow considering Pacquiao acquiesced on the drug-testing issue more than a year ago.”
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