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How will Floyd Mayweather's campaign to clean up the sport all end?

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Pittsburgh Fight Sports Examiner | Scott Heritage

Some of the terms to Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley's random drug testing were revealed yesterday, with a conference call taking place between several involved parties.

Certain specific details are kept secret, primarily to ensure athletes don't know any more about the testing than they need to, although it did shed some light on the future of Mayweather's campaign to clean up the sport.

Although all concerned seem positive about the testing procedures at the moment, a lot of that depended on Mosley being compliant and desperate for a big name fight.

There is a real danger that Mayweather will eventually be forced into backing down from his self imposed testing pedestal. After all not every fighter out there will want to agree to his extra testing stipulations.

Although at one point the only option for getting to the pound for pound throne was to get past Mayweather, there is now another option and a new king. Manny Pacquiao doesn't insist on any extra testing and can provide any up and comer with an equally lucrative pay day.

Shane Mosley was all to eager to agree to the extra testing Mayweather wanted, although he has a vested interest of his own. After being caught up in the Balco scandal him testing clean will reassure anyone thinking he might have been taking steroids intentionally and might still be on them.

Not all opponents will have anything to prove by taking extra testing though, and while Mayweather's name alone merits compliance at the moment, it won't have the same pull for that long. Either after he loses, or gets older and is eventually surpassed by fighters willing to take on anyone and everyone at the weight rather than being selective, Mayweather isn't always going to be the guy calling the shots in the negotiation room. Floyd might balk at the idea of him ever being the second draw fighter, but just ask Shane Mosley if he saw it coming either.

What Floyd needs to make his campaign actually worth something is to get the support of other fighters if he's really serious about it. If it was just a negotiating ploy aimed exclusively at Manny Pacquiao that got out of hand, he would be better off dropping it altogether.

Reportedly the NSAT (New York Athletic Commission) is considering updating its testing procedure, although how much this has to do with Mayweather's campaign isn't entirely clear. The testing agency that he and Mosley are using for their May showdown is the USADA, which isn't affiliated with any boxing commission under normal circumstances. What role they will have if the respective state commissions decide to overhaul the testing procedures isn't clear.

As much as they might like the idea of being a partner in whatever happens, there isn't any reason why the commissions won't kick them to the curb once the new procedures are set out. After all why reward the USADA for stepping on their toes in the first place?

Tommy Gunther, Pittsburgh PA: "No other fighter apart from Mosley has had to take a stance yet, some have said its a good idea, but no one else actually wants to get on board it seems"

Sean Lock, Pittsburgh PA: "Who's side are Golden Boy going to take if one of their other fighters doesn't want the extra testing? Lets say for example Amir Khan in a couple of years is a big star and wants to fight Floyd but won't take the tests, what are Shaefer and co going to do then?"

Ralph Lawrence, Pittsburgh PA: "I think the campaign will eventually get dropped. Sooner or later Floyd will run out of opponents willing to bow to his demands, especially as he gets older and if he ducks the best fighters in the future like he used to"


Floyd Mayweather Jr is being called 'The Face of Boxing’, but is he really?

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Sacramento Fight Sports Examiner | Rick Rockwell

Just when you think that you’ve heard it all, Mayweather’s supporters go and dub “Pretty Boy” Floyd the “Face of Boxing”, which we already know that Floyd thinks so.

They came to this conclusion based on the fact that Floyd is undefeated and that he’s leading the sport into a new era with his desired changes to Boxing’s drug testing procedures. Let’s examine further.

“I'm truly excited with Floyd being the face of boxing to step out front and to be a part of history.” CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe

Javier Mendes Sacramento, CA “Do you think that Floyd Mayweather Jr is ‘the face of boxing’ like they are saying?”

The heaps of praises Floyd is receiving for his “drug crusade” is making me nauseas. This man is not a leader, a hero, or the sport’s savior. He’s not “courageous” like Travis Tygart CEO of USADA says he is. He’s definitely not the “Face of Boxing.”

In my opinion, the “Face of Boxing” needs to be a fighter who takes on all fighters, is a multi-time champion, has a huge fan following, is not a controversial or polarizing figure, is not selfish and arrogant, has integrity, and fights for more than just himself but also for the fans and the integrity of the sport. Now, who does this sound like? It surely doesn’t sound like Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd doesn’t embody any characteristic that makes one the “Face of Boxing”. If anything, he’s what’s wrong with boxing. Just look at some of the things Floyd has said about himself over the last few months.

* I am the greatest of all-time
* I only do what makes Floyd happy
* I don’t live for the fans
* Compares himself to Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr

Let’s also not forget some of the terrible things he has said over the last few months:

* Insinuates that foreign athletes are liars and cheaters
* Discriminates against Filipinos
* Constantly bashes Manny Pacquiao
* Made fun of Mosley’s divorce

How can any of these comments and actions equate to Floyd becoming the “Face of Boxing’? They don't and it's outrageous that anyone would think so.


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

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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.


Mayweather and Mosley Usher in a New Era by Agreeing to USADA Standards

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By Gabriel Montoya

Over the years, anti-doping has become a hotter and hotter issue. Baseball blew wide open once the first players got caught using. The BALCO scandal opened up the world’s eyes and showed that what fans thought they were seeing, during the infamous homerun race that saw Roger Maris’ 61 homers eclipsed by Mark McGuire and later Barry Bonds, wasn’t quite real. There was no more denying that all sports needed to clean up their acts. It hasn’t been a fast change or a complete one but the fight against performance-enhancing drugs has been ongoing and ever-changing. On Thursday, the sport of boxing took a step forward in the fight.

Hosting over 200 members of the media, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, and United States Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis T. Tygart joined together in a conference call to usher in a new era in boxing.

“Personally, I am truly excited that this the first time in history that an athlete from any U.S. professional sport has demanded and reached out to the world anti-doping agency, to the USADA, to introduce the World Anti-Doping Code, setting both a boxing and sport precedent,” offered Schaefer.

Since negotiations between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fell apart when neither side could agree to the cutoff date for the proposed testing, prior to fight night, the subject of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and better drug testing in boxing has been all the buzz in the industry, in the message board forums, and in chat rooms on every site on the web.

“Why now?” “Why won’t Manny test?” “Are Mayweather’s intentions pure?” These questions were asked over and over; argued ad nauseum with no real resolution.

Now the arguing is over. Change is here and an example set by two men, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley- who are set to fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV; May 1, 2010- is the first step toward the sport of boxing recognizing its need and complying with the inevitable.

With any great change, it has to start somewhere. For many fans, the idea of change has been a bitter, controversial pill to swallow. At its center is the man who all present today credited with getting the ball rolling.

“This really is a first and I know that Floyd Mayweather really took the lead on that,” said Schaefer. “He believed strongly that it was time for boxing to introduce the United States Anti-Doping Agency and the Olympic-style drug testing to the sport of boxing. And I applaud him for that.”

Ellerbe, while acknowledging Mayweather’s role, took the time to point out that without both star fighters agreeing to move the sport forward, it may never have gotten off the ground. Already, the fire is spreading as, two days ago, The New York State Athletic Commission met to discuss changes they can make in their drug testing protocols regarding boxing.

“I am truly excited with Floyd being the face of boxing to step out front and to be a part of history,” said Ellerbe. “I would also like to commend Shane Mosley for stepping up to the plate through accepting this and also be a part of history. This truly is a historic moment, as evidenced just yesterday by the New York Athletic Commission stepping up the plate and having dialogue and that they are thinking about doing this. With Floyd being out front, this is truly going to be something that all the commissions across the United States will eventually get on board with and it will be great for the sport of boxing.”

“Today’s an important day for clean athletes everywhere,” said Tygart. “USADA has always been the protector of clean athletes. We’re their representatives and we’re honored to be a part of this of this effort to help further advance the rights of clean athletes to participate on a safe and level playing field.

“It takes a lot of courage when your sport is not doing everything possible to protect your rights,” he continued. “It takes an awful lot of courage. And we have seen in the past where athletes have spoke out and asked for things to protect their fundamental rights and they were cast aside. And I think that it is really unfortunate that athletes don’t have more of a voice when it comes to this issue. But what we have seen over the past few years is that given the independent model, athletes now know that they can come to WADA and to the USADAs of the world in countries and have a protector who says ‘Look, we’re here to protect your right. And we will fight that fight with you if you are willing to subject yourself to our testing.’”

Many people get caught up in who is cheating or might be cheating while allowing the thought of those who don’t to fall by the wayside. For Tygart, his program is about clean athletes’ right to a level playing field and to know who and what they are competing against.

“Today, this is about clean athletes and their right to compete on a level playing field,” said Tygart. “Whether you are the best boxer in the world or the second best boxer or an up-and-comer, if you’re clean, you have no reason not to be part of this type of program; in fact, you demand it. You see thousands of athletes in the U.S., and many more millions around the world, voluntarily participating in this style of program. And like Floyd Mayweather, we have had athletes come to us to protect their fundamental right to play, according to the rules of their particular sport. Why should any athlete have to be forced to endanger their health or, potentially, their life in a combat sport like boxing? Or compromise their values by being forced to cheat with PEDS because the sport has allowed cheating to take over the culture? Today is about clean athletes and I think it is as simple as that.”

Like PEDs themselves, the anti-doping movement and its processes have evolved over the years out of necessity. Tygart outlined both the history of the USADA and its growth in the sports industry.

“Looking back over the past few years, I think the U.S. has seen a dramatic transformation in anti-doping efforts in sport,” began Tygart. “First in late 2000, almost ten years ago, the U.S. Olympic community, with its athletes, courageously decided to fully externalize its anti-doping program. Couple years after that, Congress recognized the USADA as the independent anti-doping agency for Olympic and Para-Olympic sport in the U.S. This externalization and independence was significant because no longer did you have the entity promoting Olympic sport in the U.S. also attempting to police it. And this independent model has really been confirmed again and again as the gold standard in fully protecting clean athletes’ rights to a level, safe, and drug-free playing field and also the best way to preserve the inherent value of sport in this country.

“Our program has obviously evolved and hopefully will always evolve since that time and ongoing,” he continued. “But now, the world’s sports entities and governments of the world have united in this fight against doping, by agreeing to the World Anti-Doping Code. Today, more than 400 individual sport bodies from around the world and over 125 governments have signed on to follow the world anti-doping program. That program includes testing for a full menu of prohibitive substances and methods. It provides for the best protocols for the collection of samples to insure maximum comfort of athletes while also insuring the integrity of the sample collected. There is a system of accredited laboratories so that only the best in specific sport-accredited labs are analyzing samples, using the most advanced techniques and methods. And, of course, there are adequate sanctions to deter tempted cheaters and also to punish those who will trample over other competitors by cheating with these dangerous drugs.”

Starting Monday, March 22, 2010, both camps will begin random testing. Samples can collected at any time and at any place.

“The program involves random, no-advanced-notice sample collection of the athletes’ blood and urine prior to and after the fight,” Schaefer briefly explained, leaving the details to Tygart. “So that all banned substances, some of which do not show up in urine alone, are tested thoroughly with both athletes subject to the testing program, leading up to, as well as after, the fight.”

“At this point, both athletes have agreed to USADA testing protocols, including both blood and urine testing, which is unannounced, which is anywhere at any time,” reiterated Tygart. “Our staff has met with each athlete and their camps to explain the procedures and the process. And each athlete has submitted their whereabouts’ information, so they can be located for this unannounced blood and urine testing. There is no limit to the number of tests that we can complete on these boxers. Of course, those will be distributed among the boxers in a fair manner. Any positive test will be published following a thorough legal process provided under our protocols. Of course, if one or more of the boxers commits an anti-doping rule violation, WADA code penalties will be put in place.”

(Writers note: for more on the WADA code, USADA rules, regulations and the banned substance lists please visit:

When it was announced that Mosley and Mayweather had agreed to do the testing, there were many skeptics. A rumor floated around that the testing was a mere dog-and-pony show that would never actually happen. Another rumor floating around was that Mayweather can order additional testing for Mosley, should he desire. Tygart laid to rest those rumors and explained that because USADA is an independent organization and that is their strength and purpose, the fighters will not be in control of the process; in fact, quite the opposite.

“This is our program,” Tygart said. “They’re held to the same standard that all our Olympic athletes around the world held to, which is the WADA Code. They are in our “out-of-competition” testing pool; they are providing us their whereabouts; they are subject to the same lists of prohibitive substances that [is updated every year]. So the 2010 list of prohibitive substances and methods is what’s applying.”

So what’s the penalty for testing positive?

“The sanctions are WADA Code sanctions,” explained Tygart. “It’s a two-year penalty suspension that will be put in place and a disqualification in advance of this fight, if a boxer tests positive.”

Beyond the questions of “Why now?” or “If Manny Pacquiao hadn’t said no, would we be here now?” was the more important question of “Why blood and urine over simply the standard urine tests that boxing commissions employ now?”

“At least four potent PEDs that are not detected in urine, including HGH (Human Growth Hormone), HDT (a blood transfusion), HBOC, which is synthetic hemoglobin,” explained Tygart. “It is simply false to say that urine could detect everything that you would be concerned about. It can’t. You have to do blood. There is no other reason we would be doing blood. If we didn’t have to do blood to have an effective program, why would we do it? Makes absolutely no sense.”

One hurdle in taking this assignment was whether or not they could effectively work with someone who was accused of using PEDs, as Shane Mosley had been in the aftermath of his 2003 rematch with Oscar De La Hoya. Mosley was implicated in the BALCO scandal and had his grand jury testimony leaked to the press. This weighed heavily on Tygart and USADA but, in the end, the example Mosley was willing to make of himself and the mission of the USADA was enough to convince them the move was the right one to make.

“Obviously, we considered that thoroughly; his alleged involvement with BALCO,’ said Tygart. “We thought long and hard on it and its impact on us, whether we could be a part of this effort. We asked ourselves ‘What would clean athletes want us to do?’ And from that perspective, clean athletes in this sport, and in this event, asked us to be involved and how could we not be here for them, if that’s what they wanted? Because that’s who we are. We’re here for them. So at this point, we are comfortable running this program, even given those allegations that were out there. Let me be clear, if he [Mosley] did cheat and he does again, he will be caught and exposed in our program. Remember [Mosley] has never been under our jurisdiction until now and he has voluntarily subjected himself to our jurisdiction.”

Tygart also took the opportunity to point that boxing has never attempted to clean up its own house in regard to the Mosley matter. The decision in the fight has yet to be overturned, nor has Mosley ever faced a suspension or loss of his license in Nevada.

“You also, at the time, have to remember that professional boxing entities that had jurisdiction over him at the time did not bring discipline on those allegations or any others,” Tygart pointed out. “And we obviously firmly believe that all athletes are entitled to a full legal process, prior to being accused of cheating in their sport. Ours include independent arbitrators and decision makers outside of our own entity. Remember, if those allegations were ever proven to be true and he [Mosley] was sanctioned, he would have certainly served his time at this point and been eligible to compete just like any of the other BALCO athletes who were disciplined at the time.”

The tricky part of all this is that it is happening at the behest of two fighters, with the support of their promotional teams and camps, in conjunction with the USADA. In short, independent of the boxing world. Should a fighter come up dirty, enforcing a ban or suspension might be tricky considering the nature of the business of boxing.

“It would ultimately will come down to those sanctioning bodies to recognize the sanctions or not,” said Tygart.

With the program outlined and the fighters already in camp training, now begins the testing not only for the fighters, but for the sport as a whole. Can it look past profit, self interest, fandom, and finger-pointing and instead move forward into a new era where it holds itself up to a higher standard in order to maintain the purity of the competitive spirit?

“There is always a moment in time- it happens many times in life- that triggers certain events,” said Schaefer. “And this fight here, between Sugar Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather, this is a mega-event. And if this fight, this mega-event, is the trigger to introduce Olympic-style drug testing to the sport of boxing, then I think we won’t only have delivered fights to the public, but we will have helped protect athletes and make it a level playing field.”

“Sport in America, including professional boxing, has always been and should always be more than just entertainment,” said Tygart. “Sport is a vehicle by which our communities come together and our fans put hopes and dreams on our athletes’ performances. And, like it or not, our athletes are role models. Athletes inspire this country’s youth. They inspire them to be just like their sports heroes. They, frankly, inspire fans of all ages. Their performances confirm that hard work, dedication and playing by the rules will lead to success and that there are no short cuts to this success.

“Today is another watershed moment in the advancement of anti-doping efforts that’s happened over the past several years,” continued Tygart. “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. I think similar to the courageous decisions of the Olympic athletes back in the late 90s and the U.S. Olympic committee to externalize its 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.”


Why Pacquiao - Mayweather Is Important for Boxing

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After watching Manny Pacquiao utterly dominate Joshua Clottey last Saturday, the sports world has turned it's attention to the future for the Filipino sensation. Now that I've digested Pacquiao's performance - which more closely resembled a Class B Felony than a boxing match - I'm now convinced, more than ever, that he and Floyd Mayweather must enter the ring together sometime this fall. It just has to happen.

Right now, Mayweather is busy preparing for his May 1 bout with "Sugar" Shane Mosley, but he is never above discussing Pacquiao. If Mayweather bests Mosley - as virtually everyone agrees he will - the only fight of any magnitude left for either man is one that includes the other. Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach clearly want that fight, the sports world wants that fight and most importantly, boxing needs that fight.

Boxing currently lacks a wealth of marketable stars. A huge pay-per-view featuring its two biggest names and including an undercard stacked with a litany of young stars could expose the public to the best the sport has to offer. Plus, the matchup of "Money May" and "Pacman" is too irresistible not to happen.

The styles of the two fighters mesh perfectly. Mayweather has often been criticized for his tendency to run away and rely too much on his defensive ability and natural skill to out-point his opponents in decisions. Pacquiao on the other hand loves to fight. He takes the fight to his opponents and loves to brawl on the inside and push for knockouts. Pacquiao would force Mayweather to fight with him. He's fast enough that Floyd wouldn't be able to run away. On the other hand, Mayweather's incredible counter-punching ability would surely be the perfect antidote to Pacman's attacking style. It's almost too perfect.

A matchup of the two greatest fighters on the planet would be the biggest thing in boxing since Ali-Frazier I. It would also easily become the highest grossing fight in the history of the sport, would be watched by more people than any previous Pay-Per-View contest, make both men an enormous amount of money and quite possibly allow boxing to have the sporting event of the year for the first time in decades. The sport needs a pick-me-up and the matchup of two guys in their primes, who firmly sit among the top 25 fighters of all-time, would give the needed boost.

Unfortunately, to this point I'm not convinced Mayweather has any desire to step in the ring with Pacquiao. He tentatively agreed to the fight in December before he and his father began accusing Pacquiao of using performance-enhancing drugs. His camp demanded Olympic-style testing of both fighters, with repeated, random blood tests despite the Nevada State Athletic Commission's already tough standards. Some feel Mayweather's camp was justified in its requests, others believe it was an excuse Floyd could use to get out of a fight he didn't really want. I'm firmly in the later camp.

When both sides met with a moderator to sort out their differences, Pacquiao's team gave considerable concessions on the drug testing front. They were willing to meet many of Mayweather's demands but Floyd wouldn't budge and the negotiations ended without a resolution.

Right now Pacquiao is the best fighter on the planet. He has emerged from the South Pacific like a typhoon to take the sport by storm over the past decade. He has wreaked havoc on the best boxing has had to offer, consistently fighting the biggest names available to him. I believe he sits among the top 10 men to ever put on gloves and enter a ring. If he were to beat Mayweather there is no doubt in my mind he would enter the top three, joining Henry Armstrong and Sugar Ray Robinson. For my money, Mayweather is currently in the top 25 of all-time, but a win over Pacquiao would put him firmly in the top 10 and assuredly make him the best of his generation.

I hope that type of motivation is enough for each man to put aside there differences and finally meet in the ring. Their fans, their critics, and their sport demand it.


No Mayweather, No Problem! Manny Pacquiao to fight Valero, Marquez, or Margarito in November

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Top Rank’s top dog Bob Arum and, one of boxing’s best trainers, Freddie Roach have both recently come out with their list of 3 potential fighters that Pacquiao could fight in November in the likely case that a fight between Manny and the "drug crusading" Floyd Mayweather Jr doesn't come to fruition.

Fortunately, both Arum and Roach agree that Pacquiao’s November fight will be from the following list of potential opponents: Edwin Valero, Antonio Margarito, or Juan Manuel Marquez. Let’s examine these potential match-ups.

"There’s (Antonio) Margarito, (Edwin) Valero, or (Juan Manuel) Marquez,” Bob Arum, Manila Bulletin

“Valero, Marquez, or Margarito,” Freddie Roach, Manila Bulletin


Bob Arum has been throwing out Margarito’s name as an opponent for Manny ever since Margarito’s year long suspension was up. And ever since then, I have disagreed with this fight. I don’t think Margarito does anything for Manny’s career. In fact, this fight will only really help Antonio by receiving a huge payday.


Manny vs. the undefeated Valero will draw some big excitement that could provide for a nice alternative should Manny not fight Mayweather or Mosley. Valero could provide a return of action that Clottey was unable to produce.

“I’ve been watching him a little bit. I know he’s a big puncher. He’s a southpaw and does pose some difficulties. He’s better than just a guy who could punch but I think that’s the best marketable fight out there for us.” Freddie Roach, The News Chronicle


These two have previously fought before with very close outcomes. Their first fight in 2004 ended in a draw and Manny won a split decision in 2007 for their second fight. Juan still thinks that he can beat Manny. Mayweather Jr has even gone on record contesting Manny’s ability to fight Marquez. Many fans and Freddie Roach would love to see Pacquiao knock out Marquez once and for all.

“Personally, that’s the fight I want. Nacho [Beristain] is a good trainer and we’re competitive, and I’d love for Manny to knock him [Marquez] out,” Freddie Roach, The News Chronicle


Jason Cowen Sacramento, CA “If Manny doesn’t fight Mayweather or Mosley, then who will he fight next?”

Dennis Johnson Rancho Cordova, CA “Would a third fight with Marquez be beneficial for Manny?”

I’m going to go with Freddie Roach here and say that I would love to see Manny knockout Marquez. Obviously, I would love to see Manny KO Mayweather instead but this is the list of fighters that we are working with according to Arum and Roach.

I feel that a dominant showing by Manny will silence any doubts or complaints that people had about this fight. A KO will also accomplish something that Mayweather couldn’t when he fought Marquez in September 2009.

If there’s still no fight between Manny and Floyd after this, then I would love to see a fight with Valero. I do not want to see a fight against Margarito unless he wins a few fights and a title.


The Other Madness: Mayweather vs. Mosley

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By Aron Phillips

Just as millions of people have filled out their brackets for March Madness, boxing fans have already begun to debate the winner of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley fight set for Saturday, May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. And while the NCAA Tournament lasts only a few weeks, it has taken six-time World Champion Mayweather and five-time World Champion Mosley a lifetime of dedication to finally reach what will be the biggest fight of their respective careers.

The path to Mayweather vs. Mosley has been a long and hard fought one. They have both paved Hall Of Fame roads by fighting the biggest and best in boxing. Check out the bracket below which shows the paths that they both have taken to get to this mega-fight. If you have brackets on the brain, you can alos vote for who you believe will be victorious HERE.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Pacquiao’s next fight in November

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March 19, 2010, 5:47pm

If indeed Manny Pacquiao’s next fight will be held in November, it would be the longest time that the Filipino star will be away from his ring duties.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told the Bulletin Fruday from his Las Vegas home that the earliest Pacquiao will be seen by his fans wearing a pair of gloves and stripped from the waist up will be in November – not October – as what had been previously thought about.

“It won’t be in October because of the World Series (of Major League Ball) but November,” said Arum.

Pacquiao is coming off a lopsided win over Joshua Clottey in Dallas, Texas, and will be out of the ring for the next eight months.

Arum is willing to wait that long because Pacquiao has a tougher assignment in less than two months albeit outside the ring.

Pacquiao is running for a congressional seat in Sarangani province and Arum said he would only be able to say something concrete after the May 10 elections.

In the event Arum and Pacquiao both agree that the next fight to be made should be in November, that would leave Pacquiao inactive for eight months.

Ever since he turned professional in the mid-1990s, Pacquiao has made it a point to fight regularly.

In the last few years, Pacquiao has fought an average of three fights a year and the longest time he was inactive was in between the May 2004 split draw with Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and the December 2004 knockout win over Fahsang 3k Battery of Thailand.

As to the name of the opponent that Pacquiao will face in November, Arum and another key member of Pacquiao’s party, trainer Freddie Roach, are both on the same page although they slightly differ when it comes to who should be prioritized.

"There’s (Antonio) Margarito, (Edwin) Valero, or (Juan Manuel) Marquez,” said Arum.

Roach also mentioned the same names but in different order.

“Valero, Marquez, or Margarito,” said the celebrated corner man.


V8: Pacquaio, Clottey, Mayweather/Mosley, Green, and more

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Manny Pacquiao: Lay Down After Lay Down

Street vernacular for an easy contest or an easy victory is often referred to as a 'lay down'. When you think of the way Pacquiao walked through his last few opponents, many would use the term, as it would appear that very little effort was necessary in gaining the victories. Looks have always had a way of deceiving us, and in the case of Pacquiao, this could be no closer to the truth, as the fightin' Filipino has recently gone on record and stated that his last two fights have taken more out of him than anyone seems to know. Based on that reality, Pacquiao has apparently decided to lay down after the 'lay downs', making a conscious decision to take a few extended months off to rest after taking such a great welterweight pounding. Clottey didn't land too many clean shots, but when he did, as he predicted, they landed with optimal impact. The most telling details of this truth came the morning after when I received an early a.m. call from my Mother who happened to scroll past ESPN. Her first question....."Vee, you mean to tell me that the cute little Filipino boy 'Packy' lost last night"? My response......"no, Mom, 'Packy' (as she calls him) won last night". Her reply......"He won with his face looking like that"! I had to remind her, just as ESPN only showed half the story, so did the seemingly easy victory. Hopefully the peoples champ heals well and returns soon. There's a guy named 'money' on the table who he probably wants to get his hands on right about now! Stay tuned....

Joshua Clottey: Diarrhea, or Just Full of **it?

Last Saturday night, fight fans had the opportunity to watch a rather un-'EVENT'-ful affair as Filipino Manny Pacquiao delivered a thorough one-sided beat down of Ghana native Joshua Clottey. In a sad affair, the sport of boxing had the undivided attention of the world around it, but failed to capitalize, simply because one man apparently didn't come to fight. Days after the colossal collapse, the Ghana native went public with a story that his effort was subpar due to the fact that he ate a batch of bad food that gave him diarrhea. Clottey has always been a stand up guy and I wouldn't take this opportunity to start questioning him. Then again, perhaps I don't have to, because in accordance with his story, after that weak performance, I firmly believe that if only for that one night, he was truly full of **it!

Playin' for Pacquiao: Who Got Next?

Now that Pacquiao has completed his showdown with Clottey, a ton of other combatants have lined up to take him to task. Edwin Valero would be a true head-bangers brawl, Antonio Margarito in the Philippines would be an instant smash as well. Both options sound great in theory, but when you get beyond the novelty crew, the usual suspects seem to find their way right back in the fold. Negotiations may prevent things from happening, but no question, the Mayweather/Mosley winner will remain at the forefront.

Chambers/Wladi-K: Heavyweight Strap Comin' Home Again?

If all goes according to plan, this Saturday could be the first time in a long time that the world of boxing sees a portion of the heavyweight strap return to America. Won't be a walk in the park for "Fast" Eddie Chambers, but of the American heavyweights in the mix, none possess the overall ability of Chambers. Many remember him as the talented but non-threatening heavy that lacked pop. A glimpse of his work against Dimitrenko a few months shows exactly what he can do against a bigger target. Wladimir represents one of the best in the biz, but if Chambers has any shot, it'll be against the sporadic Klitschko, not the older one that comes to seek and destroy.

Freddie Roach: Bigger is Better, But Give Us The Small Package

With Pacquiao getting the job done against Clottey, the mission at hand has shifted to his next man in line. Several have thrown their name into the hat, but veteran trainer Freddie Roach has stated clearly who he likes in the group. Roach feels that Pacquiao's chances are great against any of the men, but the one he wants most? The other 'little' guy with big power.....Edwin Valero. Once you get beyond the potential Mayweather showdown, all the other guys become a bit marginalized, yet the intrigue with Valero is that he's the only one in the mix that wouldn't come excessive height and reach advantages. Given his true warrior spirit, it would be another throwback classic, cut from the cloth of the Morales, Barrera, and Marquez battles. Hard to say who'll get the nod, but if Freddie has it his way, the question will be met with an easy answer.

Mayweather/Mosley: Test Before the 'Test'

It's official.....Floyd Mayweather jr. and Shane Mosley will undergo randomized blood testing during their respective fight camps which is expected to commence Monday, March 22nd. With all the typical 'this-one-will-but-that-one-won't' type dialogues recently, seems a bit refreshing to have two men that will, without question or delay. Details of how the test will go down specifically have yet to be completely disbursed, but after a series of test, it'll be intriguing to see if these two men handle the 'test'. Pacquiao spoke of fatigue (when asked to take part in the test) while others said there would be no such effect. Truth is, we don't know.....but we sure as hell are about to find out!

Ali Funeka: 'Drawin' A New Script....

The last time Dominican Joan Guzman faced Ali Funeka, he escaped with a draw. Many who witnessed the blatant robbery knew full well the only thing 'drawn' in the aftermath of that showdown was the level of interest to his opponent, Ali Funeka, who has seen his stock rise in the minds of fight fans. With only a few more days remaining before the two step back in the ring, seems Funeka is well prepared to draw up yet another script. One that varies quite a bit from what we've seen in his days on American soil. What could this script be? Not only a decisive victory, but one that actually sticks! Soon enough we can tune in for his display.....

Andre Ward Preparin' for 'Green-Mile'?

Allan Green is the newcomer to the famed Super 6 Super Middleweight tournament, but you'd never know that with the comments we hear tossed around on the heels of Ward's recent injury that caused a postponement of their scheduled showdown. Maybe he's been this vocal for a reason....ever think about that one? He goes by 'Ghost Dog', he's more of a punisher, but come the end of the night when they do meet, he could be the new 'executioner', as many think Ward could crumble at one of the hands of the talented puncher. Ward has never been short on talent himself, but Green is no Kessler. Can't wait to see this one go down. Somehow I think both men will have their hands full when the bell rings.


What Manny Pacquiao And Floyd Mayweather Are Up To, Vol. 1

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Written by Tim Starks
Friday, 19 March 2010 00:34

(You can't really read the "Mayweather-Mosley bracket" when it's full-sized, either. Hey, I had to relate this to March Madness somehow, and Golden Boy sent out a news release with this.)

I could practically write something every day reflecting on the latest news about Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, as these two welterweights -- the two best boxers of today and the sport's biggest stars -- consume a lot of ink and pixels. Instead I'm going to inaugurate a column that runs when news warrants it. If you can come up a crafty name for the thing, please suggest it, because that part of my brain doesn't work.

In this column: Is Mayweather Hitler? How many pay-per-view buys for Pacquiao are enough? What's next for Pacquiao, if not the winner of Mayweather-Shane Mosley? How can Mayweather know Joshua Clottey "exposed" Pacquiao if he didn't watch the fight this weekend? Whatever happened to that top secret new technique Pacquiao was going to use against Clottey? And has Mayweather honest-to-God started a good trend via borderline slander?

Pacquiao's Pay-Per-View Numbers

Top Rank boss Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, says Pacquiao-Clottey did no worse than 650,000 buys on pay-per-view. If it's at about that, it probably has to be considered a disappointment. If it's more like 800,000, then we're getting into a better zone. We'll elaborate later when we have the final numbers.

But for now, topics to consider: Do the figures show, effectively, what kind of business Pacquiao would do fighting virtually anybody, since Clottey assuredly brought very few viewers to the party? What does it say about what kind of hangover people might have from the Mayweather-Pacquiao fallout? What will they tell us about the prospects of reinitiating negotiations for that fight, if Mayweather gets past Mosley? Did the shoddy undercard factor into the low sales?

Pacquiao's concert in Hawaii did get canceled for lack of interest. Depending on the final PPV numbers, it could end up being a bad week for the Pacquiao product, although he'll always have the nearly 51,000 tickets he sold to his last fight, so maybe not.

Next For Pacquiao

Arum wants Antonio Margarito next for Pacquiao. He's got to be about the only one. Most people see Margarito as incontrovertibly tainted from last year's glove-loading scandal.

Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach has other ideas. He likes Edwin Valero or Juan Manuel Marquez as Pacquiao's next opponent. Valero is only this summer moving up from lightweight to junior welterweight, so Pacquiao should move down to 140 for that fight and defend his lineal championship if that's the fight he ends up taking. Even then it's probably an easy fight. And Marquez is too far over the hill to give Pacquiao the kind of challenge he did in their first two fights, nor would it look that great to fight a guy Mayweather stomped last year. The only legit fights out there for Pacquiao are the winner of Mayweather-Mosley, Timothy Bradley and Paul Williams.

There was one fighter who called out Pacquiao this week, and all you can do is shake your head about him. Erik Morales, whom Pacquiao blew out four years ago and 17 pounds lighter, says he wants a fourth meeting with Manny. Morales' comeback was already delusional. Fighting Pacquiao again would be suicidal.

Pacquiao's Secret New Technique

Remember that new technique Pacquiao said he'd roll out against Clottey? Don't remember seeing anything all that new? It's because he didn't use it. Says Roach:

"The plan was that Manny would throw a one-two and then step backward as if he were trying to get out. We knew that would bring Clottey in, and the instant Manny saw him start to throw his jab he was supposed to catch him with a hook on top of it."

Only Clottey never reacted as expected. Roach thinks a Ghanaian sparring partner of Pacquiao's may have snitched to Clottey, who's from Ghana, about what was coming. Roach elaborates on the plan in the piece by George Kimball, which is well worth reading. Every time Roach talks about strategy and tactics, I learn something.

Mayweather As Hitler

I'm not going to say Arum is prone to hyberbole or overheated rhetoric, but... nah, I'll say it. Arum, in his practice of those arts, is like Jupiter to the Pluto pseudo-planet of everyone else. Listen to this metaphor from Arum, which indirectly compares Mayweather and by association Golden Boy to Hitler:

"The only way a fight can be made with Mayweather is if he signs the contract, terms are already agreed upon, and lets extraneous issues be handled by the boxing commission who has the authority to handle those issues," Arum said. "Stupid Bob Arum made like [former British prime minister] Neville Chamberlain did with Hitler and negotiated something I never should have."

I know passions are high. I know Mayweather is a prick; some people like that about him, and some don't. I don't. But come up with a better metaphor. At least downgrade Mayweather to a serial killer or terrorist or Pol Pot or something. (A couple days later, Arum told BoxingScene it was "beneath" him to respond to some rather mild diss by Golden Boy's Oscar De La Hoya, about Arum's age.)

Mayweather's Influence On Steroids

I think if the boxing press did its job, the Mayweather claims of Pacquiao taking steroids -- for which there is no evidence -- would not have been aired in any legitimate forum other than to expose the superfluous nature of the claim. But there might be and upside.

Since the steroid issue made a big splash during Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations, a major German television station has signed a deal with a major German promoter to mandate stricter drug testing, which could extend to fighters from the United States participating in blood testing as part of the "Super Six" tournament. Mayweather-Mosley will feature stricter drug testing, with random blood withdrawals. New York is now contemplating moving to stricter drug testing. That last bit may not happen because the state could stand to lose boxing business, but it also could start a trend among the states if it breaks right.

I don't want to give Mayweather too much credit. I continue to doubt whether the drug testing issue was a sincere concern of Mayweather's and whether it was some kind of mind game for negotiations with Pacquiao. But it's hard to deny that he started this fire, and we'll all be better off it turns into a cleansing blaze that sweeps the landscape. (Even if I wish this Tygart fellow wouldn't keep lobbying so loudly about it, sounding something very much like the whole false "if you have nothing to hide you should submit to the test" note.)

Mayweather's Viewing Habits

After Pacquiao practically shut out Clottey, Mayweather was quoted as saying that Clottey "exposed" Pacquiao. Obviously, nobody "exposed" Pacquiao that night. (Just like Pacquiao is wrong by saying Mayweather's style would be "easy.)

Later, Mayweather's team claimed the quotes were fabricated. They reportedly said he didn't even watch the fight, because he was shooting an HBO commercial in L.A. for the Mosley bout.

But I've said this before and I'll say it again: If Mayweather thinks Pacquiao sucks so bad, and the fact remains that he's said many times (and if his dad Floyd, Sr. thinks Pacquiao can't beat his son even with steroids) then why the hell would Pacquiao's alleged steroid use be such a big deal-breaker to the Mayweather team?


Floyd Mayweather's renegade demand for Olympic-style drug testing just might become boxing's norm

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By David Mayo | The Grand Rapids Press

Regardless what anyone thinks about Floyd Mayweather's emphasis on mandatory blood testing in boxing, the pressure it has brought to bear is forcing his sport into self-examination.

Mayo-column-mug.jpg Melvina Lathan, chairwoman of the powerful New York State Athletic Commission, this week announced that body has instructed its medical advisory board to review whether blood testing should be part of how boxing screens for banned substances.

If it enacted such testing, New York would become the first major boxing regulatory body to do so.

Dr. Margaret Goodman and Dr. Flip Homansky, both former ranking officials in the Nevada State Athletic Commission, also have said boxing's urine-only testing makes it a fertile ground for performance-enhancing drugs that can't be detected that way, and have urged Nevada to reconsider its stance against it.

Mayweather, who reached an impasse in talks for a fight with Manny Pacquiao over the latter's refusal to submit to Olympic-style, random blood and urine testing, found a willing participant in Shane Mosley, who agreed to those very terms.

And Thursday, those closest to the May 1 Mayweather-Mosley arrangements ramped up the pressure with a teleconference on which the chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart, again emphasized how inadequate boxing's urine-only testing is.

Tygart called Mayweather-Mosley "another watershed moment" in the effort to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs, comparing it to when the Olympics turned to the World Anti-Doping Agency and its sub-groups -- of which the USADA is one -- for independent testing, thereby eliminating the potential conflict of promoters policing the athletes they promote.

Mayweather, the Grand Rapids native who is unbeaten in more than 13 years as a professional, has taken a lot of heat for his stance. Some people have interpreted it as a way to dodge the Pacquiao fight by not accepting boxing's standards.

Tygart, who called those very standards "a joke" in an interview with The Grand Rapids Press two months ago , said he looks at it much differently.

"It takes a lot of courage when your sport is not doing everything possible to protect your rights," Tygart said.

If either Mayweather or Mosley tests positive, Tygart said a two-year USADA suspension would be imposed, just as on a first-offender Olympian.

Such a suspension would be symbolic, of course, unless boxing commissions honored it.

Tygart said USADA gave careful consideration to whether there was enough time to implement an effective testing program for Mayweather-Mosley, given that some banned substances, most notably human growth hormone -- which is naturally produced and present in everyone, to varying degrees -- is best detected by establishing each individual's base-line levels and comparing them over long periods of time.

The organization ultimately decided it was "comfortable" taking on testing for the fight, Tygart said.

"And keep in mind, baseline is just one aspect of our program," he said. "We also specifically detect. Baselining is not necessary if you're trying to detect individual administration of steroids.

"Obviously, we'd prefer to have them in the program for a longer period of time prior to the fight but, again, we were comfortable because we were asked by an athlete to have the most stringent program put in place. And we weren't going to back away from having that program put in place."

Fighters were instructed on the process last weekend, agreed to let USADA know their whereabouts at all times and are subject to random blood and urine testing at any time up to and after the fight.

There will be no limit on tests, and samples will be stored for several years, just as with Olympic athletes, Tygart said.

Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather's adviser, said he thinks "all the commissions across the United States eventually will get on board with this," and Tygart stressed that is the only way to protect contestants in a combat sport.

Increasingly, what initially was perceived as a renegade requirement by Mayweather could be turning into the way of the future.

"It's never too late for something good," Ellerbe said. "With guys volunteering for more stringent testing, how can you go wrong with that?"


Mayweather and Pacquiao both sticking to their guns over testing, negotiations pointless?

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Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley began their prefight testing today, each submitting what will be the first of many blood and urine samples.

The testing in this case is being conducted not by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but by the USADA, or U.S Anti Doping Agency. The reason being that Mayweather in particular thinks the testing that the commissions insist on isn't stringent enough.

At the age of 34, Mayweather decided last year that Pacquiao was on some kind of performance enhancing drugs and that he should clean up the sport of boxing by making his opponents take tougher pre fight testing. How this helps the sport as a whole rather than just eases Mayweather's suspicions isn't clear at this juncture, and no other fighter has yet followed suit.

Asked about a potential showdown with pound for pound king and WBO world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, representatives from the Mayweather camp have said it is a possibility so long as Pacquiao submits to random testing by the USADA.

Top Rank boss Bob Arum countered by saying that they would do whatever testing the commission wanted them to do, which is a lot less stringent than the USADA.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mayweather, Mosley Wage War On Drugs, and Each Other

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By Jake Donovan

Here’s to the start of a beautiful relationship.

In the latest effort to help boxing progress from the dark ages, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley confirmed on Thursday afternoon their commitment to random drug testing for their May 1 super fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Representatives for both fighters joined USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) CEO Travis Tygart on a media conference call Thursday afternoon. The procedure to ensure that both fighters are drug-free ahead of their highly anticipated showdown was discussed in full detail by Tygart, with the unbridled support of both sides of the promotion.

“Today is a watershed moment in the advancement of anti-doping efforts,” declared Tygart. “At this point, both athletes have agreed to the testing protocols, which includes blood and urine testing, unannounced at any time.”

Both fighters have been briefed on the procedures that will take place and were required to provide their whereabouts 24/7 for the next six weeks to the USADA, who will conduct an unspecified amount of blood and urine samples. The fighters are obligated to keep the USADA updated of any changes in their itinerary during that specified period.

Monday will mark the start of the testing period, though tests won’t necessarily take place on that day. Such knowledge would defeat the purpose of random testing in the first place, as would confirmation of the number of tests that would be conducted.

“We have a number of tests we believe will maximize its effectiveness,” stated Tygart in walking the fine line between being cryptic and specific in his details. “Our job leading up to this fight is to ensure that both athletes are clean. You can’t put a maximum on it.

“If athletes knew that a third test or fifth test would be the last, it provides them the opportunity to cheat after that.”

Such methods of drug testing are what ultimately led to the cancellation of the highly anticipated pound-for-pound showdown between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Had the two sides reached a compromise, said fight would’ve taken place last weekend. However, Team Pacquiao viewed Mayweather’s stance as trying to prove he is bigger than the sport, and instead opted to look in another direction, which led to last weekend’s pay-per-view clash with Joshua Clottey.

Once Pacquiao made up his mind and pulled the plug on this fight, Mayweather then set his sights on Mosley, regarded by many as the best welterweight in the world.

The timing was perfect for Mosley, who saw his planned January 30 alphabet unification match with Andre Berto fall through after Berto pulled out in order to be with family during the devastation suffered in their native homeland of Haiti earlier this year.

Having not fought since his sensational upset knockout of Antonio Margarito last January, Mosley wasn’t interested in wasting any more time finding a new opponent. He jumped at the chance to face Mayweather the moment the opportunity was offered to him, agreeing to all terms without hesitation, including unlimited random drug testing.

The irony in the selection of Mosley is his alleged involvement in the BALCO scandal from earlier this decade. The three-division world champion testified in front of a grand jury in late 2003 that he injected himself with EPO in preparation for his rematch with Oscar De La Hoya earlier that year, though also swore under oath that he was unaware of the substance being illegal or banned and has since filed a lawsuit against BALCO founder Victor Conte.

Tygart admitted to taking Mosley’s history into consideration when offering their services for this fight, but pointed out that it’s the perfect example of what their organization is truly after.

“We considered it thoroughly, his alleged involvement with BALCO. We asked ourselves, what would clean athletes want us to do? Clean athletes want to be involved.”

Representatives for Mosley were a bit more emphatic in their pointing out that Mosley’s actions for this fight is further proof that he doesn’t have anything to hide.

“Shane would not be doing this if he weren’t certain that he isn’t clean,” points out Judd Burstein, Mosley’s high-profile attorney. “He is doing this… and didn’t hesitate when asked.”

If anything, Mosley believes it will go a long way in clearing his name, offering further proof that – despite public perception to the contrary – he is in fact a clean fighter.

"I think the testing program is a great idea; I did not hesitate for a minute about agreeing to it," said Mosley. "Let's hope that the rest of the boxing world follows Floyd's and my example.”

Stiff penalties await any athlete whose sample tests positive for any banned substance. A two-year suspension is handed down, along with the immediate cancellation of this event should either fighter (or both) test positive.

Should a positive test surface, the offending party will have the opportunity to challenge the result in front of an independent panel and also provide a B-sample analysis.

However, such results will be made aware to the public, as the goal is to ensure a level playing field, not conceal the evidence in efforts to push through with the event.

“From our perspective, it’s a search for the truth,” insists Tygart. “Should a positive test occur, we’ll be (at the hearing) encouraging the arbitrator to hand down the maximum penalty.”

Even a clean test today doesn’t put either fighter in the clear (no pun intended). Samples will be stored for up to eight years, to be made available for future testing.

The methods of testing to take place in accordance with the USADA come in addition to the requirements of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The argument made during negotiations for Pacquiao-Mayweather was that the commission is the one who dictates the terms, and that a request for an amendment to such terms should be filed prior to the bout.

Random drug screening by means of blood tests is not required by any governing body under the Association of Boxing Commissions. Among other reasons speculated for the lack of stricter standards is the cost that comes with the suggested methods.

When asked of the price of such extensive testing, Tygart answer was simple: priceless.

“Past concerns were about cost. My point has always been that you can’t afford to not do it.”

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, who is quick to credit Mayweather with being a pioneer for what he hopes will become a growing trend, echoes such sentiments.

“I’m excited with Floyd – being the face of boxing – stepping out to be a part of history. This is truly a historic moment for the sport of boxing. This will be something that all of the commissions will get on board with… it will truly be great for the sport of boxing.”

One commission in particular has already considered joining the party – or at the very least, admitting that their present system is flawed.

“We're in the process of doing the research now," said Melvina Lathan, head of the New York State Athletic Commission, in a recent interview with the New York Post. "We have been for several weeks. We're going to upgrade our testing policies. As soon as my medical advisory board gets back to me with their findings, we're going to look over their recommendations."

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer hopes that more commissions will follow suit, to where such methods of drug testing will no longer have to be requested, instead becoming the standard. Starting with such a high profile event as Mayweather-Mosley is key in getting the ball rolling.

“I think that it takes a certain event to trigger something,” states Schaefer, who stops short of claiming the policy to be Golden Boy’s official stance on the subject, but is heavily in favor of reform within the sport. “This is the gold standard of drug testing. I hope this will be a trigger to force other commissions to examine their own medical standards.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of and an award-winning member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Contact Jake at


Does Mayweather's use of USADA drug testing make Pacquiao bout less likely?

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The representatives of Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley and their respective promoters announced on Thursday that the fighters agreed to utilize U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug testing for the pair's scheduled May 1 bout in Las Vegas.

The USADA testing entails no limit on the number and type of tests given to the athletes. It also adheres to a no-notice sample collection of blood and urine both prior to and after a contest.

"It will be great for the sport of boxing", said Leonard Ellerbee, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions said, "I commend both of these fighters for setting a new precedent of the sport".

Richard Schaefer also said in part, " is never too late to take a stand on an issue that is prevalent in all sports today and ask for something that can only have positive results on the future of boxing"

Floyd has seemingly solidified his position on all future fights. Could he change his mind? Of course it's possible but when the boxers' camps initiated the contact with the USADA it would be hard to squirm out of it all.

Tyrus T, Tygart the USADA CEO told media on the call that, "...we are proud to be part of this effort to help further advance the rights of clean athletes to participate in a safe, level and drug-free arena"

He went on to make it clear that there was no pressure on the fighters to join this movement. "For the first time, we're seeing professional athletes in the sport of boxing approach us to implement our program..."

Does the term "clean athletes" indicate a negative view of the Mayweather camp about Manny Pacquiao? As the joke goes, does the Pope wear a funny looking hat?

Schaefer's use of the words, "it's never too late to take a stand" can only mean that the gauntlet has been thrown down by Mayweather to Freddie Roach, his fighter and all those within the Pacquiao camp who resisted blood testing any closer to a fight than 24 days.

Does this endanger a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight in the long run? Here's hoping that is not true.

For more on the subject and I'm sure an insider's view of the chances this clogs up the works for a Pac-Floyd fight, click over to Michael Marley, our Boxing Examiner.


Floyd Mayweather Sr.: With steroids, Pacquiao has no chance against my son

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What is rare as a March day in Manhattan when the temperature flirts with the 70 degree mark?

It was so balmy Thursday I thought of taking a dip at Coney Island but my new Speedo has yet to arrive...It's the Breakway Model, women breakway when they see it...

But I digress, I asked how rare this unseasonal weather is so let me compare it

(I'm like Madam Auring when it comes to seaside fashion, I also believe when you've got it, flaunt it...)

Dare I say it, a week in which your humble correspondent, with so much to be humble about, gets to chat with the two leading Manny Pacquiao critics, Popgun Paulie Malignaggi--or "Lady Gago" as some Pinoy haters who hate haters call him--and then to duly record the always enjoyable rants of Floyd Mayweather Sr.

Let Richie Rich Schaefer claim he and and his family were out dining at Dan Tana's or some other Los Angeles boite.

Let Laughing Lenny Ellerbe claim that he and L'il Floyd were tied up on a HBO commercial shoot in La La.

They claim they did not see Pacman slap reluctant Joshing Clottey from pillar post before 51,000 mostly appreciative fans in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saturday night.

Papa Mayweather, he doesn't tell such tales.

He watched that fight on HBO PPV with the intensity of Siskel & Ebert getting their first look at a major motion picture.

I guess others in the Extended Mayweather Family can't critique Pacman and "Joke Coach" Roach but Floyd Sr., God love him, is never shy.

Ask for opinions, they roll and sometimes trip but they do come off his babbling brook of a mouth.

And they come, Jim Lampley style, bang, bang, bang like so:

ON CLOTTEY'S EFFORT: "That was not a good fight, Clottey and the other guy...What's His Name, you know who I mean...After the fight, the only one talking spit about my son was the old Joke Coach, Freddie Roach. Pacquiao wanted to talk about fighting Shane Mosley. It was obvious that Pacquiao was fighting a guy with no skill. "

ON CLOTTEY'S SPORADIC OFFENSE: "This Clottey was an embarrassment to himself, to his country (Ghana) and to boxing. In the old days, they would've made him fight or not get paid. They would have told him, 'You fight or you don't get paid.' Still, he connected some good punches and Pacquiao did not stagger so he didn't follow up. I am not stupid, I am not a crazy man, I know what I'm looking at."

Mad Hatter Floyd Mayweather Sr. lets his uncensored opinions fly bang, bang, a drive by in Compton...(AP Photo)

ON SPEAKING OUT ON PACQUIAO: "I am entitled to speak on what I think, on my opinion. I will say this, if Pacquiao is using those roids, it won't help him against my son. I got a poem on that and it goes, 'Roids don't mean spit if you can't hit.' And Pacquiao will never hit my son if they fight."

ON CLOTTEY NOT MUSCLING MANNY: "Here is this big, strong guy and he is just laying on the ropes, covering up. He was big enough to take all them punches but he couldn't throw any?

ON PACMAN'S WORK RATE, THROWING OVER 100 PUNCHES PER ROUND: "Who ever did that in boxing? My son never did that because he is a counterpuncher, an accurate puncher who makes every punch count. Pacquiao missed most of his punches with the guy right in front of him, like some robot. That's why Freddie Roach wants to fight Mosley but my son will beat him."

ON PROMOTER BOB ARUM: "I keep hearing that Arum does not want my son to fight Pacquiao. I don't know for sure that it is true but that's the word going around you know. That's my understanding, somebody said there was some newspaper article but I didn't see it."

ON MANNY BEING AFRAID OF FIGHTING L'IL FLOYD: "Look how they wanted the weight clause and asked for a $10 million per pound penalty. My son gave it to them and they still turned down the fight. Now what does that tell you?"

ON HELPING L'IL FLOYD PREP FOR SUGAR SHANE ON MAY 1: "I am in the mix with other fighters over here at Johnny Tocco's Gym but I will work with my son. I will help him whether he puts me in his corner on fight night or not, that don't matter. (On working with Uncle Roger) "I don't have to get along with Roger because that is my son, not his son. That is my kid. If Roger can't handle that, he can get his ass out of the gym because I am going to help my son out, that's all."

Rat, tat, tat and bang, bang, bang.

Floyd Sr. zips his lip for nobody.

Shouldn't he be Malignaggi's trainer, lol?

Paging Dr. Larry, Dr. Curley, Dr. Moe...this was a wonderful week for Pactrashing, was it not?

Next on the White Gorilla Show: Hating haters who hate, hate, hate.


If Not Mayweather / Mosley, then who?

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An interesting blog from's Dan Rafael shed some light on whom Manny Pacquiao's next opponent could be. Of course, the obvious fight everone wants to see is Pacquiao vs. the winner of Shane Mosley / Floyd Mayweather. However, a Mayweather win would resume drug testing talk which held negotiations for their fight the first time around at a stand still. If Mosley wins, then Mayweather has a rematch clause which would probably hold a Pacquiao - Mosley bout off for at least 6 months.

The other possible opponents mentioned in the blog are Antonio Margarito, Edwin Valero and Juan Manuel Marquez. Here are my thoughts on each of those opponents and the chances of them fighting Pacman.

Margarito - I used to feel he would be to big and strong for Pacquiao. He was the champ at the time Pacquiao obliterated Oscar De La Hoya and the consensus was "you're crazy" for even bringing up a Pacquiao - Margarito bout. However, now I thnk Pacquiao's blinding speed would be too much for the former titleholder. Margarito's claim to fame was resilency and power. After getting caught tryign to illegally wrap his hands prior to his fight with Mosley (which he lost by 9th round KO) he showed neither resiliency or power. MMM...makes me wonder? This guy doesn't deserve a big fight like Pacquiao.

Valero - This brawling KO artist would either knock Pacquiao out or be knocked out himself...probably the latter. This fight would most likely be contested at 140 pounds which would give Pacquiao a reason not to vacate his Ring Magazine junior welterweight title and would be fun for however long it lasted.

Marquez - If not Mayweather or Mosley, I liek Marquez. His first two bouts with Pacquiao were wars and some people feel Marquez rightfully won both times. Nevertheless, the fights were competitive which is more than any of Pacman's last 5 opponents can say. I would not be opposed to Pacquiao - Marquez III.


Why Mayweather believes he can dictate drug testing terms!

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By Dezzie Lightbulb
Fri, 19 Mar 2010

Floyd Mayweather has been widely criticised for acting as if he is bigger than boxing itself. His latest stance on drug testing is a perfect example of his attitude. The question must arise; why does he feel he is so great that he can dictate terms to athletic commissions?

I believe there is a simple explication for this. Evidence would seem to point to the fact that he is already dictating terms, at the very least to the Nevada Athletic Commission. It seems more than just a little coincidental that Zylocaine, Mayweather`s drug of predilection, is legal only in Nevada. Every other State has banned the use of this drug. Mayweather only fights in Nevada probably for this precise reason.

Why would the Nevada Athletic Commission bend to Mayweather`s whims? The answer comes down to a question of hard cash. Nevada makes huge amounts of money from boxing, directly and indirectly. Every time that Mayweather fights the local economy takes a turn for the better. Millions flow into the State, the casinos, hotels, and Vegas businesses. So what`s good for the goose is good for the gander. Mayweather can fight in Nevada using Zylocaine and the State of Nevada can cash in on Mayweather`s fights.

This is one reason why Mayweather feels he is greater than the sport itself, and particularly when it comes to drug testing. Mayweather is already dictates terms to the Nevada Athletic Commission. It is little wonder that he is now on his (totally hypocritical) campaign to “clean up the sport of boxing.” One would have to assume that if he gets his way Zylocaine will no longer be banned in the other 49 States.



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Fri, 19 Mar 2010

LOS ANGELES (March 18) . . . Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley will begin the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) gold standard anti-doping program on Monday, March 22 as they continue to prepare for Mayweather vs Mosley "Who R U Picking?" set to take place on Saturday, May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View ® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

It is the first time in history that athletes from any U.S. professional sport have reached out and demanded World Anti-Doing Code compliant drug testing, setting both a boxing and sport precedent.

Both Mayweather and Mosley have agreed to the gold-standard, anti-doping program, the most stringent in sport, as outlined and mandated by USADA. The program involves no-advance-notice sample collection of the athletes' blood and urine prior to and after the fight so that all banned substances, some of which do not show up in urine alone, are tested for thoroughly, and with both athletes subjected to the testing program leading up to as well as after the fight.

"I am excited that Shane Mosley and I are willing to take these tests to ensure a fair fight on May 1," said Mayweather. "I just want to show the world that boxing is a clean sport and it is my hope that all fighters will take a similar stance and responsibility which reflects sportsmanship at the highest level and sets a new standard for safety in boxing."

"I think the testing program is a great idea and I did not hesitate for a minute about agreeing to it," said Mosley. "Let's hope that the rest of the boxing world follows Floyd's and my example."

Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions said, "Floyd is leading the way for changing the sport and I commend him for that. Some people have asked why he has not asked for it in the past but it is never too late to take a stand on an issue that is prevalent in all sports today and ask for something that can only have positive results on the future of boxing."

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions said, "Shane Mosley is one of the greatest fighters of this era and I commend him for agreeing to participate in a testing process that can only help the integrity of the sport. I commend both of these fighters for setting a new precedent in the sport and giving others an opportunity to reflect on its current state and how, as a collective group, we can continue to make the sport better, safer and fairer for anyone who steps in to the ring."

"I believe today is another watershed moment in the advancement of anti-doping," said USADA CEO, Travis T. Tygart. "For the first time, we're seeing professional athletes in the sport of boxing approach us to implement our program, and take ownership for the integrity of their sport. This is courageous action and we are proud to be a part of this effort to help further advance the rights of clean athletes to participate in a safe, level and drug-free arena."

About Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking?

Boxing superstar and six-time World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather and welterweight mega-star, five-time World Champion and current WBA Welterweight World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley, are set to meet on Saturday, May 1 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a spectacular bout which will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

The bout, promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, AT&T, Dewalt Tools and StubHub, promises to be a spectacular display of talent and skill with Mayweather and Mosley will meet in a 12-round welterweight battle that is already being compared to other great and historic welterweight match-ups like Sugar Ray Leonard against Tommy Hearns and Oscar de la Hoya against Felix Trinidad.

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Mayweather, Mosley, Golden Boy tout their drug-testing plan

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Whether boxing can follow through on what a major promoter calls "the trigger" to implement "a gold standard of drug testing" in the sport remains unknown, but representatives of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Shane Mosley and Golden Boy Promotions on Thursday revealed their anti-doping procedures for their May 1 world welterweight title fight in Las Vegas.

"Floyd Mayweather took the lead on this, and it feels like it's time for boxing to take the lead on this," fight promoter Richard Schaefer, chief executive of Golden Boy, told reporters during a morning conference call.

The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart, participated in the call and detailed that Mayweather and Mosley will be subject to random urine and/or blood tests from now "until and after the fight." A positive test, Tygart said, would leave the boxer suspended from the sport for two years, a condition he said both fighters have agreed to.

Mosley, of course, has admitted to using products supplied him in 2003 by Victor Conte, founder of the steroid-distributing Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO). Conte has said he gave Mosley designer steroids known as the "the cream" and "the clear" and the energy-boosting banned substance EPO, with documents showing that Mosley used the drugs for more than a two-week cycle that ended the week of his 2003 victory by decision over Oscar De La Hoya.

Nevada failed to identify any substances in Mosley's system as performance-enhancing drugs.

Mosley has sued Conte, saying he did not know the substances he took were performance-enhancing drugs. Conte claims he spelled that out to Mosley in a meeting the pair had in 2003 in Conte's Burlingame, Calif., office.

Under the new plan, Tygart said, "we're confident if he did cheat, he'll be caught and exposed. He's never been subject to our jurisdiction until now."

Mayweather's desire for a more stringent testing program than what Nevada offers -- random urine testing before and immediately after the bout -- contributed to the crumbling of negotiations the unbeaten (40-0) boxer had in talks to stage a super-fight against Manny Pacquiao earlier this year.

Pacquiao explained that he doesn't like needles, and feels that giving blood weakens him before a fight. A mediator stipulated that Pacquiao wouldn't have to give blood closer than 24 days before the fight, and then again after the bout. Mayweather didn't agree with the "settlement" and the fight was scrapped.

Tygart declined to answer what he thought of Pacquiao's stance, explaining generally that, "If you're clean, you have no problem being in this program. We see thousands of athletes involved in this program. Why should any athlete be forced to compromise his safety?"

Golden Boy's Schaefer added, "This is not about hitting a baseball or cycling up a hill. It's two guys hitting each other in the head. How could we not be for it?"

Mayweather's lead advisor, Leonard Ellerbe, said he's heard that the New York State Athletic Commission is interested in observing how USADA's handling of this event proceeds, and may incorporate some of the principles in future testing. Other state athletic commission members and promoters nationally have said that the expense of such a program is too excessive to become reality unilaterally.

"If this triggers a gold standard for drug testing in boxing, we're all for it," Schaefer said.

Tygart said that in addition to urine tests for steroids, blood tests will be implemented to search for such perfoirmance-enhancers as Human Growth Hormone, synthetic hemoglobin and blood transfusions.

He credited Mayweather for continuing to press for the intense testing, and said both fighters have agreed to provide their whereabouts all the way to fight night.

"When your sport's not doing everything to protect your rights, it's unfortunate, but athletes who speak out have in some cases been cast aside, feeling they don't have much of a voice," Tygart said. "But athletes have a protector."

-- Lance Pugmire

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