Yuriorkis Gamboa On PEDs, May Be Forced To Retire

If not all, certainly most of you have already heard that Yuriorkis Gamboa along with many other professional athletes have been supplied with PEDs by a Miami Clinic.

According to an article titled: “A Miami Clinic Supplies Drugs To Sports’ Biggest Names,” there was an actual handwritten list discovered, which included some of the names of the clients of the clinic. 

The records are clear in describing the firm’s real business: selling performance-enhancing drugs, from human growth hormone (HGH) to testosterone to anabolic steroids. Interviews with six customers and two former employees corroborate the tale told by the patient files, the payment records, and the handwritten notebooks kept by the clinic’s chief, 49-year-old Anthony Bosch.”

Is anyone really surprised? Haven’t we slowly but surely been moving in the direction of exposure of the truth? Like a snowball, more and more athletes are being found out for their use of illegal performance enhancing drugs, and our expectation and belief that some athletes keep their pride and stay clean is slowly fading.

The reality seems to be that the substances are not hard to get, easier than before to mask, and are guaranteed to be effective in a very short span of time. To be honest, I can see how it would be hard to say no when you are being paid millions for you performance and results. Maybe as more people get exposed, the fear and probability of being caught will derail others from going in that direction, forcing people to stay clean and earn their success the hard way.

So what now for Gamboa? First of all he better start looking for good lawyers to try and prove that he did not take the drugs, and that his name is on the list for the wrong reasons. Of course proving something like that will be next to impossible, especially when it’s likely to be true.

More importantly, he needs to have a good statement ready, expressing his mistakes and trying to regain some of the fan base. He should be ready to take some serious heat from the media, and possibly either take a long break form boxing (probably will be forced to), or even call it quits.

I like Gamboa, but this had to happen as yet another example and a warning to anyone else who may be cheating their way to the top.

 

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Sports Illustrated Has Manny Pacquiao At # 6 On Their Pound-For-Pound List

Sports Illustrated has updated their Pound-For-Pound list, and as expected, Pacquiao slides down.

 

1)      Floyd Mayweather Jr.

2)      Andre Ward

3)      Juan Manuel Marquez / Sergio Martinez (Tie)

4)      Juan Manuel Marquez / Sergio Martinez (Tie)

5)      Nonito Donaire

6)      Manny Pacquiao

7)      Wladimir Klitschko

8)      Timothy Bradley

9)      Abner Mares

10)  Yuriorkis Gamboa

 

Andre Ward, Juan Manuel Marquez, Sergio Martinez and Nonito Donaire are now all rated higher than Manny Pacquiao, at least according to SI.

Not that I would have much to argue about in their list, except maybe Sergio Martinez, but this how just how brutal the politics of boxing can be. Not even in the top 5, Pacquiao is now just one rank above Klitschko, and two above Bradley.

I don’t know that this is as fair as it could be, but sure, Pacman lost, and he gets released from his previous spot. While this list means something to someone, I doubt that it truly represents what the fans believe.

For example, as much as I like Ward, and I truly am a huge fan, I think Marquez should be higher than him on that list. What I am trying to say, is that don’t read into this list too much, but instead just look at it as a someone’s opinion.

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Juan Manuel Marquez: Redemption Distilled Into A Single Punch

Juan Manuel’s Moment

Juan Manuel Marquez

Juan Manuel Marquez’s moment of redemption was swift & dramatic. – Photo Courtesy Chris Farina Top Rank Copyright 2011.

Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez enjoyed a moment of unadulterated redemption, positive validation & eternal satisfaction rare in today’s sporting milieu of disposable fame & fickle adoration. Few would deny him his moment in the sunshine. Marquez carried years of resentment on his expanding shoulders into the ring for his fourth & most would hazard not final clash with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden.

Rapper-turned-promoter 50 Cent, there to support his fighter Cuban featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa, spoke on behalf of many in the sport when he said, “Yeah I saw dollar signs fly right past me,” of the devastating knockout not far from his ringside position, “but I’d still like to see that fight, Floyd and Manny. When you’re dealing with this type of talent, they’ve all got a puncher’s chance. It doesn’t take away from Manny being an excellent fighter. They all are. I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but I’d like to see [Márquez and Pacquiao] do it again. I’m still in shock.

I threw a perfect punch,” Marquez observed afterwards with not an ounce of hyperbole on the evidence seen by millions of a simply exceptional Perfect Storm of a Punch. “I knew Manny could knock me out at any time.”

Marquez claimed that Pacquiao‘s return to his aggressive style of old was something he & his team had anticipated & prepared for:

We always worked on that punch. We knew he was going to come out aggressive so we had a fight plan that was more technical. We were able to capitalize on it.”

Ironically given the controversy that engulfed their first three clashes the judges were all in agreement as to the scoring – Pacquiao was ahead 47-46 on all three scorecards after the fifth round. This was also how I had it scored.

He was in charge,” Freddie Roach said. “He just got a little too careless and got hit with a punch he didn’t see.

When asked if he’d like an opportunity to make a fifth fight with his greatest rival Pacquiao, being Pacquiao said simply, “Yes, why not?”

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting.com.

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Brave New World for Boxing’s Elite?

Pound-for-Pound Top 20

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After the now hotly disputed Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight we’re left with a newish era in the sport of boxing with, commercially speaking at least, the dissolution of a bi-polar ecosystem at the very zenith of the sport. The effective Cold War quagmire of the chronically abortive Mayweather vs. Pacquiao promotion will mercifully give way to wider & more varied permutations within boxing’s most talent laden division(s) [140lbs through 154lbs]. Manny Pacquiao‘s first loss since 2005’s first meeting with legendary Mexican warrior Erik Morales – regardless of your feelings on the validity of the manner in which it arrived – will usher in a period of better sporting times ahead at the highest echelons of the sport.

That Floyd Mayweather has reclaimed his status as the world’s premier boxer is now beyond sane reproach – surely even those claiming a Pacquiao near shut-out victory against Desert Storm must assimilate the reality of the contrasting trajectories of the two future Hall of Famers careers.

Elsewhere Juan Manuel Marquez‘s stellar & consistent excellence is rewarded with his displacement of long time rival Pacquiao at #2 on my list.

Criteria for inclusion within the Pound for Pound Top 20 list below include: a minimum of 20 wins as a professional; must have fought once in the preceding 12 months; must have won in the preceding 18 months & must not be suspended, have admitted to or be under licence withholding status for doping related offenses.

Matt Hamilton’s Pound-for-Pound List 12 June 2012

  1. Floyd Mayweather Junior
  2. Juan Manuel Marquez
  3. Sergio Martinez
  4. Manny Pacquiao
  5. Andre Ward
  6. Timothy Bradley
  7. Nonito Donaire
  8. Amir Khan
  9. Miguel Cotto
  10. Carl Froch
  11. Chad Dawson
  12. Yoan Pablo Hernandez
  13. Adrien Broner
  14. Yuriorkis Gamboa
  15. Saul Alvarez
  16. Orlando Salido
  17. Bernard Hopkins
  18. Wladimir Klitschko
  19. Chris John
  20. Miguel Vazquez
Ineligible for selection: 
Lamont Peterson
Andre Berto
Divisional Rankings (Top 3)
Heavyweight
  1. Wladimir Klitschko
  2. Vitali Klitschko
  3. Robert Helenius
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