COMMENTARY | For the second time this year, a member of Floyd Mayweather's "Money Team" has tested positive for a banned substance following a bout. In this most recent case, the guilty member of Mayweather Promotions was one-half of the opening bout on Mayweather's very own pay-per-view.
It was revealed Wednesday that undefeated middleweight prospect J'Leon Love tested positive for the banned diuretic, Hydrochlorothiazide in his post-fight Nevada State Athletic Commission drug test on May 4. Hydrochlorothiazide, aside from its use as a shortcut to dropping weight, can also be used as a masking agent to cover the use of other banned substances.
It was reported that Love had struggled to make the middleweight limit in his bout with Gabriel Rosado and had actually come 1.5 pounds overweight at the initial weigh in. In the bout, itself, Love took a controversial split decision and failed to impress in his main stage debut against the wily Rosado.
As for punishment, the 25-year-old Love will likely be suspended for several months and receive a fine that could take a hefty chunk from that night's $100,000 payday. The bout with Rosado will also be changed into an official no contest.
Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, was quick to make a statement.
"Floyd Mayweather does not condone this kind of behavior," Ellerbe told Lem Satterfield of Ring Magazine. "It's totally unacceptable, and there will be additional repercussions internally."
"Honestly, I was not surprised by the positive test," Michelle Rosado, marketing manager for Gabe Rosado, told The Boxing Tribune. "There were many red flags leading up to the fight from the "Grand Arrival" outburst to being late to the weigh in, plus a few other things. Unfortunately, Gabriel still will not be credited for the victory he EARNED and deserves. In the grand scheme of things this shouldn't have even mattered if two of the judges would have done their jobs. A rematch is not necessary. Gabriel clearly beat him on May 4th."
Love is the second Mayweather Promotions fighter to test positive for a banned substance this year. In March, Mickey Bey Jr. was suspended for three months and fined $1,000 of his $8,000 purse for testing positive for extremely high levels of testosterone. According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Bey had registered the second highest testosterone level in the history of their testing following his third round knockout of journeyman Robert Rodriguez on February 2.
Ironically, five-division world champ and owner of Mayweather Promotions, Floyd Mayweather has been the loudest voice among active fighters pushing for a clean sport and additional testing for performance enhancing drugs.
It was Mayweather's insistence on random blood testing for a bout with Manny Pacquiao that led to the mega-fight completely falling apart in early 2010. In the years following that fiasco, Mayweather has insisted on additional PEDs testing in all of his bouts and has been a vocal proponent of all natural training and a "Hard Work, Dedication" lifestyle.
Despite getting little credit for the feat, it was Mayweather's push for additional PEDs testing that brought the issue to the forefront of the sport's collective consciousness and inspired many other fighters to make similar demands.
However, those with a dirty front yard are in no position to point fingers at the neighbor's dirty back yard. It's ridiculous to aggressively push for a clean and safe sport while your own guys keep getting popped for banned substances. That only leads one to believe that either Mayweather is not serious about what he has been telling the public or that he has no real control or influence over his own "Money Team." Either way, it doesn't look good.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and as Editor-in-Chief of The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing. For breaking news, additional analysis, and assorted crazy commentary, follow him on Facebook, @TheBoxingTribune or on Twitter, @BoxingBTBC.
Sources: RingTV, The Boxing Tribune, ESPN
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