By Zach Arnold | December 18, 2012
Here’s the article from ESPN about the estimated buy rate. Here’s Dana White’s response trashing Arum for booking JMM/Manny 4 because Pacquiao should have gotten an easier fight. That sure doesn’t sound like the typical UFC PR line when it comes to matchmaking, does it?
Jim Lampley, on The Fight Game, had plenty to say about JMM’s win over Manny and the issue of doping in boxing.
Unfortunately, because of the presence in Juan Manuel Marquez’s training camp of a man who once admitted under oath to being a world-renowned purveyor of performance enhancing drugs, because of Marquez’s stunning appearance on the scale, followed by his stunning power in the fight, and because there was no drug testing beyond the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s one-time-only post-fight test, it suddenly became the public speculation centerpiece of the year’s most meaningful over-arching story in boxing, which is the sudden emergence of abundant circumstantial evidence that the sport faces a significant performance enhancement problem.
It’s no secret why boxing finds it so difficult to face up squarely and directly to its creeping problem with performance enhancing drugs. Other sports have been flagrantly guilty of that too, even though no other sport pays such a high price for a positive test. Only here does a single positive bring down an entire event, in the case of both Khan-Peterson and Ortiz-Berto earlier this year, a seven-figure event with a television date and advance publicity. But that in no way relieves the responsibility this sprawling, largely ungoverned enterprise has to protect itself and its participants from unwarranted mayhem. As the late Emanuel Steward observed, people aren’t hitting baseballs here; hey are hitting each other in the head. Whatever is the worst thing that can happen as the result of boxers employing modern medical science to strengthen their bodies, it hasn’t happened yet. But if nothing is done to further strengthen testing standards and applications, it surely will. And when it does, we won’t be complaining anymore that boxing can’t find its way into mainstream media. We’ll be there in a big way, and in no way to our credit.
Lampley named Dr. Margaret Goodman as his person of the year in combat sports. Roy Nelson is also in her corner when it comes to increasing the quality of drug testing in combat sports. Lampley said that Nonito Donaire is his fighter of the year because of the fact that he’s willing to go the extra mile to get drug tested. Dan Rafael echos those same sentiments in this posting.
Rory MacDonald called VADA testing annoying and a distraction. Matt Mitrione said the same thing, claiming that there isn’t enough money floating in MMA for fighters to use high-end designer steroids. Mitrione pushed the line that VADA hurt its credibility based on their dealings with Shane Carwin. Brent Brookhouse addressed this smoke screen last October and how the behavior of SEC-investigated Jason Genet is an example of what Brent characterizes as poor MMA fighter management.