Morales Fallacy?


Weeks after the entirely unexpected result of Pacquiao-Marquez IV, one comment submitted through Twitter by a fighter not involved in the contest has almost overshadowed what was probably the most sensational knockout of the year.  Erik Morales, a Mexican boxing legend in his own right, tweeted “the Mexican pharmacy was better,” but later deleted the entry.  Since that time, both Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have passed their drug tests, but still there is controversy surrounding the two.  At one time, Floyd Mayweather Jr. accused Pacquiao of using performance enhancing drugs during a period of meteoric success in the Filipino fighter’s career.  At that time, Pacquiao’s physique had improved dramatically in a fairly short period of time, similar to the transformation seen in Juan Manuel Marquez before their fourth bout.  Marquez, who scored the exciting knockout against Pacquiao, explained this discrepancy in size and power with his new strength and conditioning trainer.  Other fighters such as Shane Mosley and Lamont Peterson have been identified as users during times of success in their careers, and since have put on less impressive performances.  The testing accuracy in the sport has been challenged before and it is possible that fighters like Marquez and Pacquiao managed to avoid being tested at the wrong time.  Pacquiao fans were so dismayed by the knockout, however, that it’s also possible that the attention being given to the tweet is misplaced.  With or without the comment by Morales, some fans would still be questioning the legitimacy of Marquez’s win, so maybe the only way improve the efficacy of the sport is to develop and regulate new testing methods.  The best fighters in boxing shouldn’t be so questionable that fans can’t trust the result of an important contest.  More than ever, I think this continued controversy over what could be nothing more than a semi-facetious jab proves that boxing is in need of a makeover.  Without confidence in our champions, fight fans have nothing by which we can measure the performances of the athletes we love.

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