QUOTE (Fitz @ Oct 12 2010, 02:39 AM)
I don't know if that is a good example. I can see what you are saying, but can you see it from the other side? MLB I'm guessing is the baseball league, which is governed by a standard, they have rules and a contract that is pretty standard.
You seem like a pretty switched on dude, so would like to see your opinion on the other side. Boxing on the other hand is totally different. I don't know much about baseball, but I am guessing it is like a basketball, football, etc type of league. They don't move the goal posts as they go.
Boxing on the other hand is.
We have had Pacquiao in the past negotiate different rules in the contract like restricting the weight of a fighter when a standard has already been given to the division, we have had different gloves even though there is a standard already in place, he said Mayweather should pay $10 million for every pound he weighs over, despite the standard being something like 10%. Pacquiao isn't the only one guilty of it, many fighters have made up contracts as you go. I don't think it is comparable to what you said about MLB (unless I am mistaken about the league, and it's different how other leagues I am familiar with are run).
I don't think Mayweather did anything outrageous or something we have never seen before. Negotiating has always gone on with contracts, and most of the time like the ones I mentioned above, they usually benefit a certain fighter (restricting weight, ring size, etc). What Mayweather suggested doesn't give anyone an advantage like other stipulations in the past have.
That said, I don't think Mayweather did this to better the sport, but I don't think anything was wrong with what Mayweather said. What are your thoughts on it?
That said, I agree with what JLUV said just before.
I don't think either want the fight, but both pretend they do, but when it comes to the crunch, nobody seems to want it bad enough. They are both acting like divas.
I'm pretty sure Mayweather said on a 24/7 or something that the Olympic style drug testing was a response to the 10 million for each pound over. Now I can't say I really have a problem with the motive, only him trying to make it seem like he's doing it to cleaning up the sport. I really don't take issue with the superior testing though so long as Mayweather is willing to pay for it.
I just used a sporting league for the sake of discussion. There are already testing standards set in major sports leagues, they could easily impose more stringent testing before a major game or event though. Kind of like this situation only a league would be trying to mandate it rather than an opponent. To me it'd just be weird if any athlete who doesn't really have any science to support his position trying to get out of more stringent testing. You're drug tested after every bout, when there's a chance you'll undergo more strenuous testing you make some excuses before settling on a story then agree to it in a roundabout way[though issues on testing are still unkown]? To me it'd be like an MLB player being on the verge of dropping out of the Home Run Derby when told he'll undergo more strenuous testing, it just really makes you question his motives.