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This past weekend Floyd Mayweather dominated his way to a 12 round unanimous decision over the tough Puerto Rican native Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas. While Mayweather was a 5-1 favorite by many bookies, what was not expected was how Mayweather actually fought Cotto.
Mayweather stood his ground and went toe to toe with the heavy handed Cotto and while Mayweather put on one of his best boxing performances to date. However it has been sadly overshadowed by one of the darker days that boxing has seen in while.
Lamont Peterson who handed Amir Khan his second loss this past December was caught using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in surprise drug test that was administered in March. While, the boxing world should be a little more excited that Mayweather actually showed his grit and toughness has been marred by the drug conversation and understandably so. Floyd’s win is overshadowed by a PED case and with a fighter who has just seemed to come into his own and possibly on the cusp of being considered a legitimate champion has set back not only himself and his career but also boxing in general.
PEDs are not a new thing, however what used to be considered only used in a small fraction of sports has been linked to every sport on earth it seems. In the current state of sports and how much money an athlete can make in their respective sport also comes the pressure of being at the top of their game every single day, year round.
While the average individual is concerned about high cholesterol or not being at their ideal weight at age 30 or fitting into their size 32 pants, athletes are expected to be the alpha male, the example that all others should aspire to be in some way and with such high expectations comes the need to find an “edge”.
Furthermore, pro athletes have far more access to designer drugs, masking agents and whatever else they need to stay ahead of drug testing. They also have a little more disposable income than the average individual which allows them to spend however much they need in order to keep
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their performance top notch while keeping their name clean.
Lamont Peterson is not the first athlete to get caught cheating, nor will he be the last. In all cases, Peterson may get off of this case if he can prove to the Nevada athletic commission he had paperwork and exemptions needed to use the ever so popular testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Where an athlete claims a doctor prescribes the athlete TRT because he has low testosterone at 28 years old.
Perhaps I am a pessimist, but I have a hard time believing Peterson or any of these athletes who are linked to TRT actually need the therapy, at least not at age 28, or even 33. Then again, I have never gone to the doctor because I felt tired, less than 100 percent, moody or any of the other reasons athletes are giving for excuses these days. I do believe that certain people may actually need TRT just not athletes in their “prime”, unless there was a previous issue, or perhaps they were already a cheater and realize the difference a drug/illegal substance can make.
Finally, a while back I wrote an article about UFC making a splash on FOX. While, I still believe the UFC
is trying to making a move into the boxing fans base, it seems now instead of going up against boxing they are trying to piggyback off of big fights. I do not see it as a surprise that UFC just happened to schedule two of their UFC FOX fight cards the same night as boxing two biggest draws, Pacquiao and Mayweather.
While this past weekend should have been about how good Mayweather look, has turned out to be one of the least talked about things of the weekend. Between Justin Bieber walking in the ring with Mayweather and the Peterson drug test, Mayweathers performance was the last thing on boxing fans minds. At least until he goes to jail in 3 weeks.