By Don Donatello
Steroids and PED (Performance enhancement drugs) usage among all level of athletes are up, so is for its’ recreational cosmetic effect for the common person. It is probably due to the ease of its availability and the information on how to use steroids that’s available through the internet. Google “steroids” and you’ll get millions of hits in the form of suppliers, forums, usage, masking agents, side-effects, test evading kits, and etc.
Athletes from practically every sport have been caught using steroids and other PEDs. The NFL, MLB, NBA, the Olympic, Cycling, Wrestling, MMA, and including Boxing, has athletes that were caught by using current and accepted testing methods by their own governing respective committee.
Just because one has not tested positive for steroids does not mean they have not used them at one time or another, but on the other hand, a successful athlete does not necessarily mean that he is on steroids. Some have adamantly professed that they have not used steroids; subsequently they were found to be guilty like boxer Shane Mosley, baseball player Rafael Palmeiro, baseball player Alex Rodriguez, cyclist John Landis, Olympic runner Marion Jones and others. Even worse, there are athletes that feign concern of steroid use among their peers; then they are suspiciously linked in some form with a doctor who was known for prescribing steroids to other athletes.
Tiger Woods, he once stated that golf should implement a steroid testing program. It was later revealed that Woods was seeing a doctor from Canada, Anthony Galea, who was documented and linked to professional athletes who had admitted to using steroids, one is Alex Rodriguez. Seeing Wood’s body transformation in such a short time leaves me suspicious and leery. Source: (NY Daily News)
Even though there are ways to mask and hide steroid usage within the body, there are side effects that show up on the user. Body acne, enlargement of the skull, roid rage, high blood pressure, increased cholesterol level, irritability, brittle bones, and mood swings, are some of the better known side effects of steroid usage.
Does one come to mind about some boxer exhibiting aggressive behaviors outside the ring that could be related to roid rage? Floyd received a one-year suspended sentence for punching females Herneatha McGill and Kaara Blackburn at a club in the Luxor hotel in August 2003.
Who gets easily very irate during an interview, possibly another instance of roid rage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAFKD8y120Q&feature=related
Who has a history of brittle bones? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLMZ10oB8zk
Who threatens to kill and hurt his family members and then subsequently express his love for them? Mood swings? http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=5554683
HGH has a side effect of enlargement of the user’s skull. http://sports.nationalpost.com/2010/09/10/boxer-mayweather-arrested-on-theft-charge/
Also check the proportion of Floyd’s head to his body in this very telling picture.
Manny Pacquiao does not exhibit any of those steroid side effects. So who does? Who has all those symptoms? It is none other than Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.
Pacquiao doesn’t go on a rant on anyone who does not agree with him, Floyd does. Pacquiao has no history of beating up women, Floyd does. Pacquiao has no history of brittle bones, Floyd does. Pacquiao is always upbeat and friendly, Mayweather’s mood goes up and down. Sometimes he is friendly and amicable, and at other times he is ripping the interviewer.
And another thing, in Mayweather’s fight with Sugar Shane Mosley, an Olympic style of drug testing was suppose to be used. Drug testing could be used randomly at any time up to the fight. But it has come to light that the last drug test used for either Mayweather or Mosley was 18 days prior to the fight.
So who is more likely on steroids or PEDs?
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