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article imageOp-Ed: Mayweather Tarnished Pacquiao Pristine Image with Doping Charges

By Leo Reyes     Jan 6, 2010 in Sports
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. may have tarnished Manny Pacquiao's pristine image as a professional boxer, entertainer and product endorser after accusing the Filipino boxer of taking performance enhancing drugs without offering any evidence to his charges.
Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has managed to preserve his pristine image as a professional boxer and entertainer despite the demolition campaign launched by Floyd Mayweather and his team to discredit the Filipino boxer's accomplishments.
Boxing fans from around the world rallied behind the Filipino pound-for-pound king when he finally decided to file a lawsuit against the camp of Floyd Mayweather last week in Sta. Monica California. Millions of the Filipino boxing supporters and fans in the Philippines and around the world stood by the seven-time world champion in his decision to fight Mayweather on and off the ring.
Before the filing of the lawsuit by Pacquiao's lawyer Daniel Petrocelli against the Mayweather camp, the Filipino boxer was pictured in media as a dirty and dishonest boxer as a result of the sustained publicity campaign by Team Mayweather. Many of the loyal fans of the Filipino boxing icon doubted Pacquiao's credibility as a result of the sustained demolition campaign.
Pacquiao explained that the lawsuit was intended to clear his name and restore his tarnished image as a result of the sustained campaign by Mayweather and his team. He explained that he worked hard and sacrificed so much to be where he is today by putting his own life on the line, only to be ruined by irresponsible and baseless accusations by the Mayweather camp.
The controversy leading to the lawsuit started when the Mayweather camp accused Pacquiao of taking performance enhancing drugs to gain undue advantage over his opponents whenever he climbs up the ring.
To support Team Mayweather's doping accusations, Mayweather's negotiators demanded that Pacquiao along with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. take random blood tests days before March 13 when Pacquiao and Mayweather were scheduled to clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao refused the doping test days before the fight saying that he passed several drug tests by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), the sports sanctioning body of the State of Nevada.
Later Pacquiao gave his consent to the blood testing as demanded by Mayweather based on three conditions: First the initial test (taking of blood sample) be done on the second week of January during the launching of the promotional tour, the second test to be done 30 days before the fight and finally in his dressing room right after the fight.
The Mayweather camp refused and Arum called off the fight as he announced his initial talks with Yuri Foreman to replace Mayweather for the March 13 fight.
The long-drawn negotiation is currently under mediation by a retired federal court judge in Sta. Monica, California. The result of the on-going mediation is expected to be announced within the week.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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