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Friday, March 19, 2010

No Holds Barred: John Perretti, Lou DiBella, and Drug Testing 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks, in two separate and spirited interviews, with the legendary matchmaker and martial artist John Perretti, and boxing promoter Lou DiBella, focusing on issues including drug testing in combat sports, the dreadful Pacquiao-Clottey pay-per-view on March 13, and how we view Pacquiao both as a fighter and a person.

Our discussion with Lou DiBella was recorded this Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York at the news conference announcing the May 15 Amir Khan-Paulie Malignaggi fight. Our main topic was the lack of credible drug testing in boxing, and the need for athletic commissions to adopt the methods used by the World Anti-Doping Agency, including random, unannounced blood and urine testing. DiBella emphatically called on the Association of Boxing Commissions to update their procedures to protect the clean athletes and catch the dope cheats. He called the lack of uniform health and safety standards for boxing in America "savage". He also plugged his fighter, Paulie Malignaggi, to win May 15. (More interviews from that news conference are forthcoming on No Holds Barred.)

On Thursday afternoon, we spoke with our senior correspondent, John Perretti, the former UFC matchmaker, Extreme Fighting founder, kickboxer, and martial arts legend. He had the misfortune of watching the entire Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey pay-per-view last Saturday, March 13.

The most charitable description he could come up for that show was "goofy". We discussed how this awful show, full of typical boxing mismatches, was actually an advertisement for mixed martial arts. We analyzed the non-effort of Clottey to win, and how once again the likes of promoter Arum and HBO were teaming up to enrich themselves with a pay-per-view while destroying boxing. We also discussed Pacquiao, whom Eddie said he does not trust, calling him "Pacquiao the politician", since he is running for Congress in the Philippines. We spoke of how Pacquiao, with a few official losses and some gift decisions, did not deserve to be named the top boxer of the past decade by supposed boxing journalists. And we called his refusal to take Olympic-style blood testing to detect doping a disgrace. John also briefly commented on the scandal in Japan involving now-former sumo wrestler and Yokozuna Asashoryu, which forced him to quit that sport, and much more.

We also play a brief excerpt from the media conference call of Thursday, March 18, announcing the drug testing program which will be used for the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Shane Mosley fight, which takes place May 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On that call were Travis T. Tygart, CEO of USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency); Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions; and Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. Both fighters will be subject to random and unannounced blood and urine testing according to the protocols of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which USADA follows. We also rip the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which, after all this, still refuses to update its drug testing procedures.

You can play or download the complete and unedited audio transcript of that call here.

And we open with a brief recap of the first day of the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which continues Friday, March 19, and concludes Saturday, March 20, at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska, with the finals being shown Saturday night in the U.S. on ESPN and the other sessions on ESPNU.

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