Interesting facts about Floyd Mayweather Jr.

As I was reading Yahoo article I read that Pacquiao's lawyers Daniel Petrocelli and David Marroso file a motion seeking a default judgment because Mayweather refused to appear for deposition. I stumbled the comments section of this guy with the alias of Michael V. posted tons of intriguing facts or fictions....

By 2009, he had owed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) close to $5.6 million worth of back taxes. The IRS threatened to freeze and confiscate his earnings from the Juan Manuel Marquez bout (in September 2009), prior to advisors working out a deal with the agency days before the fight. (There were reports that the IRS would attend the bout.) Additionally, reports surfaced in 2009 that prominent luxury vehicles were in reposession, and that he owed the neighborhood trash collector several thousand dollars.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr was supposed to make his comeback fight against Marquez in July 2009. The bout, to the consternation of several parties involved, had to be postponed to September 2009 due to a supposed rib injury. Unfortunately, little medical details were provided to the press and the public regarding the nature of the rib injury sustained. Was there a cover up for a hand injury, perhaps sustained under sparring? Without being provided details, even after the fight has already concluded, the public can only speculate.

In Floyd's only knockdown of his career in May 2001, he smashed his left hand on top of Carlos Hernandez's head in round 6. Mayweather grimmaced in pain and took a knee. VIDEO

He immediately motioned to his corner that he had suffered a hand injury. Roger Mayweather was heard asking Floyd if it (his hand) was hurt pretty bad, to which Floyd answered "Yeah." (At 0:46 seconds of VIDEO.) Roger ansered "Don't worry about that" as his nephew continued to grimmace in pain.

Floyd Mayweather would earn a decision win essentially fighting with one hand. Mayweather purportedly entered that fight with injured hands. (Carlos Hernandez's struggle to make it in the world of boxing was featured in the documentary More Than Famous.)

Prior to the Hatton fight, HBO's 24/7 series for his showdown with Oscar de la Hoya disclosed Mayweather undergoing a wax paraffin treatment, a type of treatment often administered by high-end spas to treat dry or damaged hands.

While he dismissed hand injuries before his December 2007 Hatton fight, Mayweather acknowledged a history of injuries before facing de la Hoya in May 2007, seemingly contradicting himself:

[My doctor] thinks I shouldn’t be fighting too much more. My body’s tearing down. My left hand is tearing down. And I never used to have hand problems until it started happening later in my career as a professional. Now my right hand, my elbow, my back . . . The s*** goes on and on. It’s nerve wracking.

Negative/Positive effects of narcotics used as pain killers, according to USADA:
1. Sensation of euphoria
2. Psychological stimulation
3. Feeling of invincibility
4. Illusions of prowess beyond an athlete's ability
5. Increased pain threshold and failure to recognize injury
6. Physical and psychological dependence
7. Overdose resulting in respiratory and death

According to USADA, the use of local anesthetics is not prohibited. However, injectable lidocaine can be combined with Epinephrine to reduce bleeding in a fighter. Epinephrine is often referred to as Adrenaline. If Lidocaine is combined with Epinephrine (Adrenaline), it not only reduces bleeding but can also stimulate a "fight or flight" response. (The Inside Boxing column only refers to the usage of Xylocaine, but if this drug is combined with Epinephrine, one can argue that it can provide a boxer with an advantage over a non-using opponent.)

Slight to moderate pain experienced by athletes can be treated with non-narcotic drugs. For more severe pain, USADA allows the usage of substances such as Codeine, Propoxphene, Tramadol, and Hydrocodone.

Pain killers and hand injuries: Floyd Mayweather, Jr
By Marv Dumon, Houston Boxing Examiner
January 9th, 2010 11:31 pm CT
Floyd with hand injury after Baldomir fight (Applerose)
Floyd Mayweather, Jr was then a 25-year old lightweight who was being promoted by Top Rank's Bob Arum. In April 2002, he was facing Jose Luis Castillo for the first time.
Mayweather was identified by HBO commentators Jim Lampley and former heavyweight champion George Foreman as having a history of injecting pain killers such as Xylocaine into his hands, according to a column on Inside Boxing.
Prohibited Pain Killers
Xylocaine, also known as Lidocaine, was not listed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as one of the prohibited narcotics that cannot be used in-competition. The banned pain killer substances listed by USADA inclue Buprenorphine, Dextromoramide, Diamorphine, Fentanyl and derivatives, Hydromorphone, Methadone, Morphine, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Pentazocine, and Pethidine.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Used Xylocaine (a banned substance in 49 States except Nevada) Dennis “dSource” Guillermo: If Mayweather was to fight Pacquiao in Dallas, he would not be allowed to use Xycocaine. Inside Boxing wrote back in 2002, “Before the fight began, HBOs Jim Lampley and George Foreman discussed hand injuries with references to Floyds recent hand problems. They said that Mayweather has been known to use hand-injected painkillers like Xylocaine, which is illegal in some states. Such painkillers could be more dangerous in the long term, since fighters with numbed hands hit harder since they cannot feel their hands.

Could this be true? Is it legal?


Anonymous said...

Floyd is just boring....

Anonymous said...

Greatest boxer ever lived. the man has beaten all the odds, Beaten great opponents, Broken hands all the time, Never been down from a punch and 8 times world champion in 5 different weight classes. This is greatness right there!!!!!

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