Floyd Mayweather Scared of Manny Pacquiao on Steroids

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American boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr., the WBC Welterweight Champion, has finally disclosed the true reasons for his insistence upon strict steroid testing as a condition for any fight with top contender Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather admitted that he is concerned about being hurt, with possibly long-lasting injuries, when stepping into the ring with a potentially steroid-enhanced Pacquiao.

In a sport known for inflicting widespread brain trauma, Mayweather insisted that his “health is more important than anything.” Yet, Mayweather continues to box and claim that health is more important than money.

Mayweather’s camp has noted the seriously injured boxers who have previously stepped into the ring with Pacquiao. Antonio Margarito was brutally and savagely beaten by Pacquiao in a fight for the WBC Light Middleweight Championship that fractured his orbital bone in November 2010. British boxer Ricky Hatton has been reluctant to fight again after Pacquiao knocked him silly in May 2009. Pacquaio made $22 million to beat Miguel Cotto to a bloody pulp during a 12th-round TKO in November 2009. Some of the boxers expressed concern over Pacquiao’s suspected steroid use.

While Mayweather is concerned about his health after facing Pacquiao in the ring, he doesn’t want anyone to believe he is scared of Pacquiao.

“When my career is over, if I’m hurt because of something that has happened in a fight, I can’t come to you and say, ‘I need (money),'” said Mayweather. “This is how the world is, you get writers saying, ‘Floyd is scared’ No, Floyd cares about his family. Floyd is smart.

Mayweather wants to dispel the notion that he is scared of Pacquiao. That is not the case according to Mayweather. It is the anabolic steroids which scare Mayweather. This is the reason he supposedly insists on steroid-testing prior to fighting Pacquiao.

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