May 13th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
PREPONDERANCE OF EVIDENCE ENOUGH FOR MESan Francisco, CA- There was an article floating around the Internet yesterday that claimed a sparring partner had shot Manny Pacquiao up with steroid injections. I posted the article and then when the original source pulled it, I did as well. That being said, having been a boxer with over 40 years of involvement, it wasn’t that I didn’t believe the story, but when the original link went south, I decided to go in another direction.
MANY THINK MANNY TOOK STEROIDS & THE LIKE
Look, this is not a subject that should be taken lightly. Being suspected of wrongdoing can be a heavy cross to bare. That being said, I find it hard to NOT believe that Manny Pacquiao has used Performance Enhancement Drugs. The king of all sport cheats, the now reformed Victor Conte of BALCO Labs fame, is the opinion that nobody can bulk up the way Pacquiao has on fish and rice alone. Now while I disagree on certain matters with Conte, personally I feel he is biting his tongue on the this and the Barry Bonds matter. Having personally watched Pacquiao grow from a skinny 122 lb. fighter personally to a 145 lb. monster, to me this is not from a diet of fish and rice.
SUPERMAN IS A COMIC BOOK EXCEPT IN THE PHILIPPINES
All you need to do to get a firm grasp/opinion on the matter is to look at the baseball stars of the prior decade. Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, there is more than a preponderance of evidence that these three, among many others, used Steroids and the like to bulk up their bodies, thus enabling them to hit the baseball further than they normally could. When Jose Canseco said it, and later stars like Roger Clemens, who will go on trial soon, Alex Rodriquez and others were put under such pressure from the media, all except Bonds and Clemens, admitted such. America, white America in particular were at one point in the same state of denial Filipinos are in today over Manny.
A LOT OF THE CHEATERS WERE RUN OUT OF THE GAME
Most of the baseball players, even Rafael Palmero, who was caught on Steroids, this after vehemently denying any use before Congress, was run out of baseball. Baseball’s best hitter, Manny Ramirez, too has been run out of the game, retired, instead of taking a second suspension for using Steroids and the like. Barry Bonds, after being released from the Giants, no team picked him up, not even desperate for power hitter teams in the American league where he could have been used as a designated hitter. The bottom line is that a great majority of the baseball players that were performing far beyond their norm were cheating and some have admitted it. May I note, that not one of the players named by Jose Canseco in his book ever pursued legal action.
WHERE IS THE DIFFERENCE WITH PACQUIAO?
The only difference I believe is that Manny Pacquiao been in denial since the topic of his using steroids and other drugs has come to light, and that the regulators in boxing really don’t give a spit. Like the Major League Baseball owners of the 90s, who were hurting at the gate, meaning less people were attending games, all of a sudden ball parks across both leagues were filled with fans because of the fact home runs were being hit at a record pace. Nevada, the state has been hurting because of the decline in gaming and boxing attendance, and it being the site of the biggest boxing, and more importantly biggest MMA (UFC) fights, I don’t think want to go there as many people feel a lot of MMA fighters are juiced.
MANNY, IN MY OPINION, HAS CHEATED……PERIOD!
I’ve talked to Dr.’s, other athletes, fighters such as Paulie Malignaggi, Miguel Cotto, Andre Ward, and with the exception of Ward who, “Doesn’t want to point a finger at Manny Pacquiao,” still, like Cotto and Paulie is suspicious that a fighter could bulk up like Pacquiao has done on rice and fish alone and believes Manny should have agreed to random testing, this from an Olympian who had people waiting outside of his house unannounced to test him prior to the Olympics. When I think of the great Roberto Duran, having watched him move up 40 lbs. from his original fighting weight, he was not nearly as solid, let alone ripped like Pacquiao became. Nor did his head appear to grow.
HET, HOW MANY FOLKS HAVE HEAD GROWTH?
Like Barry Bonds trainer admitted with Barry, Manny Pacquiao’s head has in m eyes noticeably grown in size, I could lay out pictures that show such, but the people most in denial, the starved of sports star Philippine population will accuse me of photo shopping the pictures as they did the last time. Having known Filipinos, I can tell you that one trait they seem to have as an ethnic group is a refusal to ever admit fault or being wrong.
HAD MANNY TAKEN TESTS LAST YEAR, ISSUE WOULD BE DEAD!
Although I will get into Floyd Mayweather in another article today, all I have to say, and this is not conjecture or opinion. Had Manny agreed to take the “random” testing without a cut off date, he and Floyd would have fought last March, and this being 14 months, might have already had a rematch.
PACQUIAO IS NOT FROM KRYPTON!
Manny is from General Santos City and not the planet Krypton. There is no such thing as Superman, nor Superman-like achievements. We have to give Manny credit fir being a tough guy, but to think that he has achieved the accomplishments he has in boxing naturally, is akin to believing Pamela Anderson’s breasts are natural.
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