December 23, 2009
Steroids and Boxing

The use of anabolic steroids in sports continues to be in the headlines. Today, it’s boxing. And, it’s in reference to one of their biggest of fights – the upcoming welterweight championship bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio.


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Manny Pacquiao, the welterweight champion of the world has amazed people with his strength and power. He has packed on muscle to conquer other weight divisions and seems superhuman to most that watch him in the ring, including Floyd Mayweather, JR. Today, we learned that Manny Pacquiao has refused blood testing 30 days prior to the fight, stating that he had “difficulty taking blood” that close to the fight. Manny agreed to have his blood tested but not that close to the event.

This is a mega fight with a lot of money to be made and like any other business deal of this magnitude; you are going to have bumps in the road. Up until now, the bumps in the road were minor, all things considered, but this allegation of steroid use could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

Pacquiao is not the only fighter accused of this. Larry Holmes once accused Evander Holyfield of using steroids, a charge that was never verified. James “Lights Out” Toney, after defeating WBA Heavyweight Champion John Ruiz and capturing the gold, tested positive for steroids. He would deny the charge but later quietly refuse another drug test. He would test positive again and be banned from the sport for a brief period of time.

Shane Mosley was buried in controversy surrounding steroid use. In 2003, he took on Oscar De La Hoya in a rematch and won on the cards, but it would later come out that he was on what is referred to as “the clear,” a designer performance enhancing drug. Mosley would deny knowingly taking this, but others have come out to refute his claims. His bout with Antonio Margarito, and Margarito’s loaded gloves made the public forget about Mosley and the steroid abuse, but it should be noted that he was accused and then proceeded to swear under oath that he injected himself with them prior to the bout with Oscar De La Hoya.

Roy Jones, JR., has been accused, Tommy Morrison has come out and admitted that he used steroids, which may have explained his freakish strength and power. It is something that boxing and other sports take very seriously. Baseball was plagued by a steroid scandal and many dismiss the current breaking of records due to the drugs being used to achieve these goals.