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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Is Floyd Mayweather Jr ‘courageous’ for trying to implement blood testing in boxing?

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Sacramento Fight Sports Examiner | Rick Rockwell

In recent weeks, Mayweather’s people and the USADA have applauded Floyd Jr for his “drug crusade” to clean up all of sports. During yesterday’s teleconference, the Mayweather cheer leaders continued to sing the praises of “Pretty Boy” by calling him courageous for trying to change the sport of Boxing and make it a level playing field for everyone. Let’s examine these comments further.


“Look, it takes a lot of courage when your sport is not doing everything possible to protect your right. It takes an awful lot of courage, and we've seen in the past where athletes who spoke out and demanded things to help protect their fundamental rights, they were cast aside.” Travis Tygart CEO USADA

“For the first time, you have professional athletes in the sport of boxing approaching us to implement an anti-doping program, and those athletes are now fully enrolled in this program. These athletes are courageous in their position and their desire to be held to the most stringent anti-doping program to protect their right to compete clean.” Travis Tygart CEO USADA

After reading these comments from Travis Tygart I can’t help but think “if he only knew who Mayweather really is”. In my opinion, there’s nothing courageous about what Floyd is doing. This is all about Floyd feeding his ego.

Real quickly, because I don’t want to have to repeat myself in every article, Floyd has never been on the front line for drug testing in the past. But when he’s about to face Manny in a fight, he and his daddy start claiming Manny is on PEDs and that there needs to be blood testing.

3 months prior to the Mayweather and Manny negotiations, Floyd fought Marquez and didn’t demand any blood testing. So within a 3 month period Floyd supposedly had an epiphany that boxing needs to be changed? I don’t think so. This “drug crusade” is all about Floyd getting attention and putting down Manny Pacquiao.


Christopher Williams Sacramento, CA “Why do people think Floyd is a hero for demanding changes in drug testing?”

People will believe in whatever they want to believe in no matter what. The facts could smack them in the face and it still wouldn’t matter. Floyd is not a hero for these demands. He’s not courageous. He’s certainly not doing it for anyone other than himself. He doesn’t care about making the sport fair and clean for any other purpose than to get what he wants which is money and fame.

Courage is one of the last words I would use to describe Floyd in anything that he does in the sport of boxing.

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