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Monday 23, Mar 2015

  Pacquiao And Mayweather Camps In Doping Penalty Row

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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have reportedly entered into a dispute over a proposed doping penalty before their much-awaited fight at the May 2 welterweight world title fight in Las Vegas. Pacquiao is expected to make at least $80 million while Mayweather is expected to make at least $120 million for the much anticipated fight, billed as “Fight of the Century“.

Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe told the Los Angeles Times that the drug testing protocol for the fight had been “rigorously negotiated” by Pacquiao promoters Top Rank. Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz told the same newspaper that it was a little puzzling for him to learn that Floyd Mayweather would not agree to the $5m (£3.37m) penalty that was proposed by representatives of Manny Pacquiao should either fighter test positive for a banned drug.

It was first suggested by Pacquiao that the reciprocal fine for a failed drug test was extra insurance that an instance of doping would not jeopardize the fight that fans have long waited for. But, Ellerbe said the arrangement was an attempt to put a $5m price tag if Manny tested positive and added that it will cost Manny a lot more than some $5m if he comes up positive.

Ellerbe’s comments were echoed by Top Rank boss Bob Arum who said that Mayweather is right as there is no need of it since they would be penalized by more than $5 million by the Nevada Athletic Commission if ever they become positive of drug use. Arum added that the Mayweather’s rejection of the $5 million penalty would not in any way derail the May 2 mega bout.

In the past, drug testing was an issue in attempts to make a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in late 2009 and early 2010. While Mayweather was adamant for random Olympic-style blood and urine testing, Pacquiao objected to some of the protocols. Pacquiao was accused by Mayweather of using performance enhancing drugs, a charge that was vehemently denied by the Filipino. Mayweather was sued by Pacquiao over the allegation and the two settled out of court.

A few days back, the US Anti-Doping Agency announced that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao had agreed to undergo Olympic-style random drug-testing before the bout. Since 2010, Mayweather has had USADA testing for all of his bouts. The US Anti-Doping Agency will conduct blood and urine tests for drugs including human growth hormone (HGH) and the blood-boosting erythropoietin (EPO) on both fighters.

Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, said a positive test would kill the fight, where the total purse is likely to be more than $200 million. A positive test would subject the fighter who tested positive to a potential career-ending ban of four years from competition. Tygart said the penalty for the fighter who violates it is going to be a lot higher than $5 million if there is a positive test prior to the fight. The USADA Chief also remarked Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao signed on to the sanctioning process that is clearly spelled out and added it is a contract that would be enforceable against them.

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Friday 20, Dec 2013

  Rios Fails VADA Drug Test

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Former lightweight title holder Brandon Rios has failed his post-fight drug test by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) after his recent loss to Manny Pacquiao in Macau last November 24.

Rios tested positive for Methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant that is used as a dietary supplement as well as a performance enhancing drug. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum disclosed that the American light-welterweight boxer had already been suspended by the Macau Commission that was set up by the World Boxing Organization to oversee the fight and added that Rios is eligible to appeal against the suspension.

Arum blamed Rios’ strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza (a former strength and conditioning coach of Pacquiao) and remarked it’s not the fighter’s fault since he is only following orders from his conditioning coaches as to his diet for a fight. Meanwhile, Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer has defended Ariza after Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios tested positive for a banned substance. Schaefer remarked people always love to blame Ariza for everything and people automatically point fingers at Ariza. He went on to add that Ariza is doing a terrific job and he is an asset to the sport of boxing. Schaefer also said there may be other explanations for Rios’ failed drug test and remarked the positive test may it was due to some vitamins Rios took or some food or whatever.

Rios and Pacquiao were randomly tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). Pacquiao passed all tests given by VADA but Rios passed the first four and failed the final test. The stimulant, Dimenthylamylamine, commonly known as DMAA, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and VADA and is found in the over-the-counter fitness supplement Jack3d. Brandon Rios said he took Jack3d when he started his career but had stopped taking the supplement after his trainer, Robert Garcia, told him he did not need it. DMAA, according to a warning on the website of FDA, is most commonly used in supplements promising weight loss, muscle building and performance enhancement; it can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath, and tightening of the chest.

The former WBA lightweight champion vehemently denied that he took anything that is banned and said he asked questions of coach Ariza before ingesting anything he did not know. Rios also said he was suspicious that he failed a test only an incident between Alex Ariza, his conditioning coach, and Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach. He remarked that though he is not going to sit down and blame anybody, he did found it odd the positive test came after the incident. Rios said he passed all of those other tests and all of a sudden, the last time, the last one, after we had that incident, then that’s when we tested positive.

Rios became the U.S. National Amateur Featherweight champion in 2004 and was also a United States Olympic alternate at 125 lbs. Brandon Rios is signed to Bob Arum’s company Top Rank and defeated WBA World Lightweight Champion, Venezuelan Miguel Acosta via a 10th round TKO, to become the new WBA regular Lightweight champion on February 26, 2011.

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Tuesday 26, Mar 2013

  Two-Year Doping Ban For Erik Morales

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Mexican professional boxer Érik Isaac Morales Elvira has received a doping ban of two years after he twice tested positive for the banned substance, Clenbuterol last October, prior to his junior welterweight bout with Danny Garcia, according to the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The 36-year-old Erik Morales was knocked out by Danny Garcia at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 20 and it was argued by the critics that the fight should have been cancelled, while the debate about the doping policies of boxing raged anew. Boxers are not subject to a uniform drug-testing policy as the sport has no national governing body.

Before the fight, both the boxers agreed to be tested by USADA and signed a contract that stipulates any adjudication process must go through the agency. The legal process was still ongoing despite the New York State Athletic Commission was notified 24 hours in advance of the Garcia-Morales bout regarding the positive drug test results of Morales. The fight was allowed by NYSAC even though Morales, the first Mexican-born boxer in history to win world titles in four different weight classes, tested positive for Clenbuterol on October 3 and 10.

A portion of USADA’s statement reads professional boxing does not have a universally-implemented, WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) accredited anti-doping program, and as a result of the lack of effective testing, many professional boxers and event organizers have contracted with USADA to conduct comprehensive anti-doping programs prior to and during their fights. It also stated that USADA conducts testing programs for professional boxing matches only when both athletes contractually agree to participate in the anti-doping program, which stipulates agreeing to abide by the applicable anti-doping rules, including the rules regarding the adjudication process and sanctioning.

The boxer had said he might retire after the October 20 bout rather than face the potential sanction and had until February 18 to respond to USADA as to whether he would contest the decision, and was granted an extension. A ban of two years was imposed on Morales after he selected not to elect an “independent arbitration process,” according to an announcement by USADA.

The former WBC Light Welterweight Champion, WBC & IBF Super Featherweight, WBC Featherweight (x2), and WBC & WBO Super Bantamweight Champion is famous for his trilogies with fellow Mexican legend three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera and Filipino octuple champion Manny Pacquiao and ranks #49 on ESPN’s 50 Greatest Boxers Of All Time. Erik Morales has defeated 15 different world champions during the course of his career. At the age of 16, he made his professional debut by knocking out Jose Orejel in two rounds. The record of Morales consists of 52 wins, 36 of these by knockout, and 9 losses (2KO) and he has won eight world titles in four different weight classes and successfully defended his titles fifteen times. The Mexican-born boxer also holds victories over champions Kenny Mitchell, Hector Acero-Sanchez, Daniel Zaragoza, Junior Jones, Jose Luis Bueno, Wayne McCullough, Marco Antonio Barrera, Kevin Kelley, Guty Espadas Jr., In Jin Chi, Paulie Ayala, Jesús Chávez, Carlos Hernández, and Manny Pacquiao.

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Tuesday 08, Jan 2013

  UFC Fighter Marquez Insists He Is Clean

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Mexican professional boxer and the current WBO light-welterweight champion, Juan Manuel Márquez Méndez, has insisted that urine samples taken ahead of his fight with Manny Pacquiao would be free of anabolic steroids and other banned substances.

Responding to questions about his newly bulked-up body and his ties to a former steroid dealer, Marquez says his knockout of rival Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas was not fueled by performance enhancing drugs. “I am a clean fighter,” Marquez remarked.

Marquez told the Los Angeles Times that he wants to undergo random, Olympic-style testing before his next fight, although neither Marquez nor Pacquiao underwent testing of any kind as they trained for their fight to raise questions about the increased power and noticeably ripped physique of Marquez.

“I feel very happy with my training,” Marquez said after he knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round of their fourth bout.

Meanwhile, Marquez could be set for a fifth fight with long-term rival Manny Pacquiao after the Pacquiao’s camp revealed he hopes to make a return to the ring in September 2013.

Before the fight, Marquez was the target of steroid speculations but the criticism intensified dramatically after the match that ended when the 39-year-old Mexican boxer landed a powerful right that sent Pacquiao facedown to the canvas. The presence of his trainer, a shadowy figure named Angel Hernandez, the former steroid dealer previously known as Angel (Memo) Heredia, who turned government witness in the 2008 prosecution of track coach Trevor Graham, added to the steroid speculations. Hernandez provided prosecutors with shipping records, wire-money transfers, phone records, and blood-test results and testified that he sent performance enhancing drugs to several athletes Graham once worked with, including Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery, and Maurice Greene. Track coach Trevor was convicted of one count of lying to federal agents while Hernandez, described as “Source A” in the Graham indictment, and was able to avoid prosecution by cooperating with the government.

In 2003, the United States Anti-Doping Agency received an anonymously syringe containing the designer steroid THG sent by Graham that kicked off an investigation into BALCO founder Victor Conte, who pleaded guilty in 2005 to conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering.

Juan Manuel Márquez is the 1st Mexican-born boxer to become a four-division world champion and won seven world titles in five different boxing weight classes. Considered by analysts to be among the greatest Mexican boxers of all-time, he had an amateur record of 35–1 that included two Golden Glove tournament wins. Márquez made his professional boxing debut at age 19 on May 29, 1993. He remained undefeated for six years, compiling a 29–1 record that included a wins against future champions Agapito Sanchez, Julio Gervacio, and Alfred Kotey and won the WBO NABO Featherweight title in 1997 that he defended seven times. In the year 2003, Márquez defeated Derrick Gainer in a unification bout to win the WBA Featherweight title and become the WBA (Super) Champion. On September 13, 2008, he defeated The Ring Lightweight Champion Joel Casamayor and was ranked by The Ring magazine second on its pound for pound list after the win and rated him the number one boxer in the lightweight division.

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Wednesday 18, Jul 2012

  Amir Khan Wants Drugs Cheat Banned For Life

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Former two-time world champion, and former unified WBA (Super) and IBF Light Welterweight champion, Amir Iqbal Khan, recently said he want a lifetime ban for his steroid-using opponent Lamont Peterson.

Born on 8 December 1986, Amir Khan is a British professional boxer and the youngest British Olympic boxing medalist, winning silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics at the age of 17. Nicknamed “King Khan”, he is also one of the youngest British world champions ever, winning the WBA Light Welterweight title at age 22.

Khan said he does not mind Peterson getting an exile from boxing permanently even if that costs him the millions he would have made if the pair were to fight again.

Peterson, however, refused to give up belts after he failed to clear a drug test and said he never cheated in fight with Amir Khan. The American boxer said he deserved to keep his world titles as he was unaware that his treatment for abnormally low levels of testosterone was contrary to anti-doping rules. At the time of his fight with Amir Khan, Peterson had testosterone pellets inserted into his hip before he claimed a controversial split-decision win in December.

Khan says: ‘Anyone who has been done for drugs should be banned for life. Peterson failed a test and that should be his punishment.’ He branded Peterson “a cheat” and called for the American to be stripped of both titles and the December bout declared a ‘no-contest’.

After his bout was canceled because of Peterson’s positive test for synthetic testosterone, Khan started preparing for a world light-welterweight title fight with the rising Philadelphian star, Danny García, as the World Boxing Association light-welterweight champion on July 14. Khan was hoping to defend his title against Garcia and surely deserved the distinction of entering the ring as a world champion. But destiny had other plans for him as he was crushed by Garcia and the Bolton fighter was left dispirited and confused.

 Khan was already making plans to face WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather after registering a win over Garcia; Khan was also planning to have a future bout with Timothy Bradley, who has previously rejected a fight with Khan in order for a big pay day against Manny Pacquiao.

Thursday 12, Jan 2012

  Manager of Bolt denies claims

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The manager for world-record-holder Usain Bolt, Ricky Simms, termed an internet blog post associating the Jamaican sprinter to admitted steroids dealer “nonsense.”

The website Deadspin posted an article under the headline, “What Do Usain Bolt And Juan Manuel Marquez Have In Common? They Train With The Same Admitted Steroids Dealer.”

Alex Ariza, the strength and conditioning coach of Pacquiao, in questioning how Marquez had gotten so big so fast was quoted in The Philippine Star saying, “I guess (he’s working with) the same guys who work with Usain Bolt.”

Tuesday 06, Dec 2011

  Marquez Strength Coach Threatens Lawsuit Against Ariza

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Angel “Memo” Hernandez, the strength and conditioning coach of Juan Manuel Marquez, recently threatened to sue Alex Ariza, his counterpart in the camp of Manny Pacquiao.

“I would like to say through this medium and the public that logically, we are preparing a lawsuit for defamation against Mr. Alex Ariza,” Hernandez said, his words translated from Spanish.

“On his behalf, the declarations he has made are very direct. I think they’re very prejudicial not just with respect toward the image of Juan Manuel Marquez, but for mine as his physical trainer,” Hernandez said.

Tuesday 22, Nov 2011

  Alex Ariza not bothered by steroid accusations

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The strength and conditioning coach of Manny Pacquiao, Alex Ariza, is not concerned about the accusations of steroid use against the Filipino boxing champion.

Ariza has worked with Pacquiao for his last 8 fights in which Pacquiao held victories over Oscar de la Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, and Shane Mosley.

Manny Pacquiao has blown out everybody he’s fought in his last 8 fights with me. That’s how many different divisions? That’s 135, 140, 147, and 154,” Ariza said in a RingTV.com interview.

Friday 30, Sep 2011

  Amir Khan denied allegations of steroid use

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Amir Khan has vehemently denied allegations by Roger Mayweather that Khan is guilty of taking steroids.

“The only reason Amir Khan has become the fighter he is, is because he’s got those steroids in his ass, too!” said Roger Mayweather, the trainer and uncle of superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior.

“I would question Roger Mayweather’s education abut steroids, first of all,” said Freddie Roach, Khan and Pac-Man’s trainer.

Monday 29, Nov 2010

  Manny Pacquiao to sue Floyd Mayweather in doping row

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Manny Pacquiao to sue Floyd Mayweather in doping rowThe Filipino world champion, Manny Pacquiao, is planning to sue Floyd Mayweather, the American’s father and Golden Boy Promotions in the next few days after a row over doping procedures.

Pacquiao was quoted as saying that people like Mayweather Sr., Jr., and Golden Boy Promotions find it amusing to accuse someone wrongly of using steroids or other performance enhancing drugs and he had enough of it.

The 31-year-old Filipino who has never tested positive said he has no idea how steroids look like and it is his belief in God that has kept him safe and victorious through all these years.

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