By Don Donatello
At the age of 16 he was fighting at the 106 pound division. In his early 30’s and now campaigning at the Welterweight division, he fought for the 154 pound, Light Middleweight title, does that translate to steroid use? So he knocks Ricky Hatton down and then eventually knocks him out in spectacular fashion, is that attributed to steroids too? His win over Juan Manuel Marquez, and Oscar De La Hoya too, are you going to claim those wins are because of steroids? I suppose the P4P title he attained is also due to steroids, right? If so, what proof do you have? He has never tested positive for steroid use; every test he ever took came out negative for PEDs and steroids.
Let us explore the career path of one of the most talented, well known, and celebrated boxers of our time. Keep an open mind and don’t assume anything, discard your bias, don’t judge the man based on the color of his skin, judge him on his character as a man. Take into account how he live his life outside of the ring, the action that mirrors his character as a man, and not what he does inside of the ring.
Many proclaim him as the best P4P, and many more give him the edge over his rival as the best fighter of the era. Some of course disagree and give his rival the nod as the P4P titlist and the best fighter of the era.
From 106 pounds at 16 years old, to 147 pounds in his 30’s, he won convincingly over many, except MAYBE a certain fighter from Mexico. The Mexican fans were adamant at their insistence that their countryman had won. A big outcry over the scoring ensued, each side claimed that their side had won. The Mexican fans wanted a rematch, eventually a rematch was made. This time the Mexican weigh in with a full one pound advantage. The weight advantage didn’t matter in the final outcome of the fight, the Mexican fighter lost. With the Mexican currently at age 37, a third fight will not happen. Let’s recap and go back to the beginning.
In his early 20’s he captured his first WORLD title, the WBC title at his weight division. Years pass and his body eventually grew and he moved up to the Lightweight division. In his first foray into the Lightweight division, he fought a Mexican for the WBC Lightweight Champion at the time. At weigh-in, he weighed in half a pound smaller than his counter part. His Mexican opponent was bigger and stronger, but he used his superior speed to wrest the Lightweight title from his Mexican opponent.
Not resting on his laurels, he moved up again to capture another world title, the Jr. Welterweight title, by a very impressive and dominant stoppage. Within just about half a year from his last fight at the Jr. Welterweight division, he went up to fight for the Welterweight title. In this fight, the early rounds was very competitive. It was a give and take fight in the early rounds; but he eventually solved his opponent’s style and came out with another world title.
Now in his early 30’s, it was clear that his true weight class was in the Welterweight division. But he wanted a challenge to further his career and legacy. There were speculations of him fighting out of his natural weight to fight a bigger opponent for a title at the Light Middleweight division. Many were saying that his opponent was rusty and was also at one time inactive in boxing for a stretch of around one year. The promoters went to work and the fight ensued. Though he was outweighed by his larger opponent, he used his superior speed to win the 154 pound title and he added another trophy to his many collection of Championship titles. Of course there were many who didn’t think much of his win over an older opponent. The detractors were claiming that the former Champion was washed up and old. The former Champ showed great courage in the loss but vowed to continue fighting.
So by now you might be asking about the steroid allegations.
He kept his speed as he went up in weight, is that proof of steroid use? There are some that say his rise in weight that spans all the way up to the Welterweight division is proof that he used steroids. Others point out his ability to beat bigger opponents, and they also point out the disproportionate head size that is associated with Human Growth Hormone (HGH) usage.
Before you convict the man, let’s recap once more. At 16 years old he was fighting at the 106 pound division. He gradually started moving up in weight capturing many Championship titles along the way. He eventually went up in weight and his body settled to its natural size at the Welterweight division. For a challenge, he fought a bigger opponent for the Light Middleweight title and won. He knocked out Ricky Hatton in spectacular fashion, he fought and beat the PPV King in Oscar De La Hoya, and he also beat Juan Manuel Marquez. Through his upward trek at the weight divisions, he kept a lot of his speed. Along with talent and skills, speed was what enabled him to beat his bigger opponents. He believes that his speed and quickness are god-given, he believes that he was blessed by his god with natural talent and abilities. With all that said about this fighter, let me ask you something.
ARE ALL THESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND SUCCESSES DUE TO STEROID USE BY THIS FIGHTER?
Please provide the irrefutable proof if your answer is yes. Do you have irrefutable proof or just an opinion. If you answered yes, I want you to give me your reason why you think that Floyd Mayweather Junior is using steroids! That’s right, this article is about the career path of Floyd Mayweather Junior. Surprise? Why are you surprise? Did it open your mind to something? With what you know and learned about Floyd’s career path, do you still believe that Manny Pacquiao could not accomplish what he did without using steroids? Do you still think that Manny is using steroids. If you believe that Manny Pacquiao is using steroids, then you must convict Floyd Mayweather on the same grounds.
In my research for this article, I found so many things that Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have in common. Their careers eerily traversed in a very similar path. The difference between the two are how they live outside of the ring. They are diametrically oppose in their lifestyle. That is why a fight between the two will be the biggest selling ever. It will smash the PPV record of 2.4 million buys .
I believe it will happen when Floyd sees a chink in Pacquiao’s armor, sometime in 2012 or early 2013, forget about 2011.
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