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Monday, May 03, 2010
No Holds Barred: Mayweather-Mosley Review, Drug Testing, Pacquiao the Politician, Williams-Cintron Preview
This past Saturday, May 1, Floyd Mayweather Jr. made believers out of many of those skeptical about his exceptional boxing skills by thoroughly dominating another future Hall of Fame fighter, Shane Mosley, with a lopsided unanimous decision. We analyze the key aspects and moments of this welterweight fight, which saw Mayweather run his unbeaten streak to 41 fights. We also discuss what this means for the 38-year-old Mosley. And we read a commentary by Dr. Margaret Goodman, a neurologist, the former ringside physician and head of the Medical Advisory Board of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and the medical correspondent on No Holds Barred, on what the drug-testing in this fight showed.
Just about everyone wants to see Mayweather fight Manny Pacquiao next, but Pacquiao and his camp have thus far refused the calls by Mayweather for Olympic-style drug testing following the protocols of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to create a level playing field. We discuss why the various bodies regulating the combat sports of boxing and mixed martial arts must adopt the WADA protocols, at least in major fights.
We also examine the election campaign Manny Pacquiao is waging for Congress in the Philippines, and with whom he has allied, presidential candidate Manny Villar Jr. of the rightist Nacionalista Party. The election will be held May 10.
According to a report just released by the Yankee Group, a Boston-based consulting firm, "in the next 12 months, 1 in 8 consumers will cut or reduce their pay TV service and get their video elsewhere." We discuss how this is more evidence that the business model of sports like boxing, which is so heavily dependent on revenues from premium and pay-per-view television, is being outstripped by the growth of technology.
This coming Saturday, May 8, however, there should be a good fight on HBO in the U.S. between top junior middleweights Paul Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) and Kermit Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs), at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. With all the attention given to Mayweather-Mosley, which will be replayed as part of this telecast, this fight is not getting the attention it deserves.
We spoke with both Paul Williams and Kermit Cintron on a media conference call Monday to learn how they each expect to win this fight. We also got the comments of George Peterson, who trains Williams, about why his fighter is so special, and about whether or not his camp would agree to Olympic-style drug testing.
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