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Floyd Mayweather: Shane Mosley Advised Getting Manny Pacquiao Drug Tested

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz kicked off a tour to publicize their September 17th fight with press conferences in LA and New York last week. The big story to emerge from the New York conference was Mayweather saying he absolutely wants to fight Manny Pacquiao. One of the stories to emerge from the LA press conference was Mayweather sharing that Shane Mosley, Pacquiao’s most recent opponent, advised Floyd to ensure he has Manny drug tested prior to their fight.

Mayweather wouldn’t reveal who reached out to whom with the conversation, but the contents are not a surprise. Mayweather told reporters “Shane Mosley, all he said was ‘You know what Floyd? If I were you, I would make him take the test.’ Especially saying before he went into the fight, he should have made him take the test.”

We all know the reason Shane Mosley didn’t ask for a drug test prior to the fight — all he cared about was cashing in on a huge payday; what happened in the ring was inconsequential.

You may recall that in May, Manny Pacquiao had to issue a denial statement after Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Jr. publicized a “story” that said Pacquiao was using performance-enhancing drugs. Knowing that, it’s no surprise Mosley made the suggestion to Floyd.

Demanding Pacquiao take Olympic-style drug testing is nothing new for Floyd. The talks for their potential fight stalled in 2009 when Pacquiao would not agree to Mayweather’s testing demands. As I said then and as I’ll repeat now, if Pacquiao doesn’t have anything to hide then drug testing should not be a problem. But the last person who should get involved with these conversations is Shane Mosley. Not only is he a cheater, but he also didn’t care about drug testing as long as he was making millions.

Andre Berto Thinks Victor Ortiz was on Something During Their Fight

Victor Ortiz was impressive in his April win over Andre Berto that featured several knockdowns. Ortiz ended up winning by unanimous decision, but it was an eventful fight; Ortiz was knocked down twice and lost a point for hitting behind the head while Berto was also knocked down twice. For anyone who was watching the fight, it was apparent that Ortiz came out with a purpose. Here’s what we wrote about his performance at the time:

“Victor was relentless throughout the fight, constantly moving forward and delivering more punches than a ballot box on election day. … Ortiz’s motor cannot be understated. Though he took some good shots in the second and sixth and got dropped, he was the best fighter and was in attack mode the entire time.”

Now, several weeks later, we’re hearing Berto’s explanation for why things went the way they did. He wrote on his twitter page that Ortiz must have been on something. Here are all his accusatory tweets, and start from the bottom up when you read them (click twice to enlarge):

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Derrick Rose Steroids Problem Comment Results in Difficult-to-Believe P.R. Spin

Derrick Rose has backtracked on comments he made in the May 16th edition of ESPN the Magazine regarding the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs in basketball. Rose was asked by a reporter “If 1 equals ‘What are PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs)’? and 10 equals ‘Everybody’s Juicing’ … How big of an issue is illegal enhancing in your sport?”

In response, Rose said, “Seven. It’s huge, and I think we need a level playing field, where nobody has that advantage over the next person.”

Though the comment was published in the Magazine over a week ago, it did not become an issue until Sunday when IamaGM.com wrote about it, according to Ken Berger. In response, Rose denied the comment.

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Your First Billiards Doping Scandal

I’ve heard of doping in cycling, as well as steroids use in baseball and football and weight lifting, but I’ve never heard of anyone doping to improve their billiards stroke. But apparently that’s what’s going on in Germany. Steroids Nation passes along the news German billiards champ Axel Buescher has been busted for doping:

Germany’s first case of doping in billiards was announced Monday after national champion Axel Buescher tested positive for an EPO masking agent.

EPO is a blood booster most closely associated with endurance sports, such as cycling, where it has played a central role in several Tour de France scandals.

Maybe he needed some extra juice for that speed rack. Or maybe he needed a little pop on his stick to pocket a few more balls on the break. Or maybe he just couldn’t seem to perfect that jump move. Or maybe, just maybe, this is the worst doping scandal ever. Honestly, doping to improve your billiards game? What has this world come to? What’s next, juicing in bowling? Darts? Good heavens, are there no limits to the madness? David Boston would be proud.