By Elman R. Madrio
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In the 1950s and 60s, Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin started accusing publicly anybody he suspected of being a communist. According to him, anybody who looks like a duck (communist), who talks like a duck (communist), and walks like a duck (communist), must also be a duck (communist).
It didn’t matter whether Mr. McCarthy had evidence or not. His method was like that of Hitler: Repeat a lie long enough and it will become truth. It was guilt before innocence.
Lately, boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao – without evidence presented – has been accused of taking PED’s or performance enhancing drugs. He is also accused of taking HGH. A growth hormone that will accordingly improve his physical body, stamina and over-all performance.
Pacquiao denied all the accusations.
His accusers – primarily the Mayweather family – insinuated that since Pacquiao is refusing to take the Olympic style blood test, then he must be taking drugs. No less than the Golden Boy Promotions President, Oscar de la Hoya, which represents Floyd Mayweather, join the issue by saying that Pacquiao is afraid he will be discovered. Innuendos that Pacquiao is not afraid of needles – as evidenced by all the tattoos of his body – but afraid of a drug test needle spread in the internet like wildfire. They chorused that the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s drug testing procedure is not enough. And only the Olympic style drug testing is the way to catch a cheater. They proclaimed that one of their fighters, Shane Mosley, passed the Nevada Drug test but later on admitted that he took performance enhancing drugs.
But there is one thing the Golden Boy Promotions forgot. Another athlete, Marion Jones, also passed the Olympic style drug testing procedure but admitted later that she also took PED.
The question now arises: Since there is no fool-proof drug testing method, what method should the athlete submit himself?
When the boxers submit to a State Commission for testing and passed them, it would be unfair to accuse only one or two of them and ignore the rest who also took part of the whole and same process.
Or are we now subscribing to the idea that if a person looks, walks, and talks like a duck, then he must also be a duck?
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