Monday, April 26, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
By Leo Reyes: One week before Floyd Mayweather, Jr and Shane Mosley collide at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, no announcement by the regulating bodies on how they will act if one or both fighters are found positive of steroids or performance enhancing drugs.
Undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr will face fellow American boxer Shane Mosley on Saturday in what appears to be the biggest boxing event of the year.
But with barely a week left before fight night, no test result, whether positive or negative, has been made public about the controversial blood and urine tests that Floyd Mayweather Jr has initiated in the guise of cleaning up the sports.
When will the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) release the findings of the test? Will the agency withhold the test results until the night of the fight? Or will they allow the fight to take place and deal with the result later after the fight?
No details have been made public so far by the anti-doping agency.
But the bigger question is, what if one or both of them are found positive of steroids or performance enhancing drugs? In the case of Mosley he admitted having used drugs at some point of his boxing career. Boxing fans say Mayweather Jr may have done the same before.
So what happens now if they are found positive? Will they abort the fight after their promoters collected millions of dollars in ticket sales and pay-per-view subscriptions? Good if the tests will come out negative of steroids or performance enhancement drugs so there will be no problem at all and the fight should continue.
It would appear at this time that both camps have assumed that they will pass the tests despite insinuations that they used drugs at some points in their boxing career
The Nevada Sports Athletic Commission (NSAC) has not been vocal about the on-going USADA blood and urine tests being done on Mayweather Jr and Mosley. Again the question is paused: What happens if USADA says one or both boxers are found positive of illegal drugs? Will NSAC still give its approval seal for the fight to take place on Saturday?
There are so many questions to ask the regulating agencies with regards to the timing of the drug tests announcement results.
Unless these questions are properly addressed, the public will continue to ask questions and doubt the credibility of the sports regulating agencies.
A very respected sportswriter in one of his columns said:
We’ve heard numerous times how Mayweather Jr is “saving” the sport of boxing with his “drug crusade”. But if he’s truly “saving” the sport then why haven’t we heard any tangible details about his drug tests? If he’s truly on a “drug crusade”, then why haven’t we heard how many times he’s been tested before the fight with Mosely?
As of today, I have been unable to find any credible sources that tell how many times Floyd Mayweather Jr has been ‘randomly’ tested. In fact, Floyd’s own adviser Leonard Ellerbe doesn’t even know: