By Erwin Lastimosa
Floyd Mayweather Jr. fans are claiming that the Xylocaine painkiller Floyd is using is not an advantage in a fight and is similar to taking a Tylenol or aspirin if you have a headache.
Xylocaine is nothing like taking an over the counter pain relief pill, if I took an aspirin and punched a wall hard I will still feel that pain, if I injected Xylocaine in my hands and punched the wall it would numb that area and reduce that sensation of pain so I don’t feel it in my hands.
They want to attack Manny Pacquiao for something he has never done in his life and never failed a test for but are defending the use of painkillers.
If painkillers were not advantageous in fights why is Xylocaine banned in the majority of U.S states?
Painkillers help a fighters pain threshold and would be even more of an advantage in a fight than steroids.
In Japan many of the MMA fighters in PRIDE admitted to using painkillers to get through fights and numb themselves from the pain.
Fernando Vargas used steroids and got his butt whipped by Oscar De La Hoya, those steroids don’t give you the ability to take a punch or make you a better fighter.
Painkillers give you the ability to resist pain, if Mayweather hurt his brittle hands in a fight that painkiller would help him fight on without feeling the pain.
Taking steroids helps you rebuild muscle in training and has it’s negative side effects as well like muscle tears and tendon injuries from your muscles growing too fast. Even some of the biggest bodybuilders who are on steroids can’t punch as hard as a 147 pound man.
Here is an article by Scientific American on how NFL players who use steroids suffered more musculoskeletal injuries than non steroid users:
“Players who took the drugs suffered more disc herniations and injuries to their knees, elbows, necks, spines, feet, toes and ankles than those who didn’t use ‘roids. For example, 21 percent of those who used the drugs said they’d suffered herniated discs, compared to 10 percent of players who didn’t take them. Nearly 31 percent of users hurt their elbows, versus 17 percent of non-steroid users…That damage may stem from their cartilage adapting slowly (or not enough) to the increased muscle growth and force generated by the drugs, or from the greater mass and stress exerted on their ligaments and cartilage, according to the study.“
“NFL players who use steroids have more injuries”.
Since Mayweather Jr and Golden Boy Promotions are calling for a change in drug testing for the sport of boxing, let’s have a call for Nevada to ban Xylocaine.
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Erwin Lastimosa is a long time boxing fan and enjoys discussion boxing with his peers.