By the way, I believe this is the article (which is likely bogus, but still a fun read) he's referring to:
One of Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao's former sparring partners has
admitted that he regularly injected the fighter with steroids "in the locker
room, in the upper outer quarter of his butt cheek!"
The man, a Filipino and former pro fighter, now fears the wrath of millions of
his fellow countrymen, and as a result, his identity is protected. He claims to
have worked with Pacquiao from "his early years" up until Pacquiao's 2010 fight
with Miguel Cotto, and claims Pacman only began using steroids in anticipation
of his 2009 fight with Oscar De La Hoya.
He also claims that Pacquiao has switched from using steroids, to now using a
complex mixture of HGH (human growth hormone) and insulin, a combination that is
virtually undetectable in post fight drug tests.
In an interview given in a top secret location in Las Vegas, the former Pacquiao
associate said "Manny was curious about using steroids for many years before he
actually started. There is a lot of steroid use in the Philippines, and they are
easy to get. But Manny hates needles! He hates 'em."
"Manny was already on the way to becoming one of boxing's greats when he got the
call from De La Hoya and his people about a fight. Oscar wanted a rematch with
Mayweather, buy Mayweather decided to retire. Someone came up with the idea for
De La Hoya and Manny as a potential big fight. When I heard about it, I thought
it was the dumbest thing I had ever heard."
By the time De La Hoya came calling, Manny Pacquiao was already a twelve year
veteran with a 47-3-2 record, and world titles at flyweight, super bantamweight,
super featherweight and lightweight. He had been knocked cold twice as a
flyweight in the 90's, and also lost on points to Erik Morales in a bout at
super featherweight in 2005, Pacquiao's last defeat. Pacman had come out on top
in grueling rivalries with Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manual
In March 2008 he defeated Marquez for the WBC super featherweight title via a
split decision, and three months later he battered David Diaz to defeat in nine
rounds for the WBC lightweight title. From world flyweight champion to world
title holder at lightweight in nine years is both an incredible and unequaled
achievement, and also feasible and believable, considering Pacquiao's speed,
southpaw boxing ability and punching power. His sudden leap in 2008 to
welterweight, and subsequently beyond, and his complete mastery of much bigger
fighters, had opened the door to debate as to whether the Filipino may be using
performance enhancing drugs.
"Manny knew there was no way he could beat Oscar. But there was also no way he
was gonna pass up the biggest fight, the biggest opportunity of his life. This
was it, the big time." said his former sparring partner.
"Manny never looked at using drugs as cheating. It was just a way of evening
things up a little. Oscar was naturally much bigger and stronger than Manny. Of
course, on the night we were all shocked. He beat the living crap out of De La
Just seven months earlier De La Hoya had cruised to a win over contender Steve
Forbes, Prior to that, in May 2007, he had come closer that anyone before to
beating Floyd Mayweather Jr. Although 35, De La Hoya was a massive favorite to
defeat Pacquiao. Instead his corner pulled him out after suffering a one sided
pummeling for eight rounds.
"After the fight, everyone was going crazy for Manny. We who were in the know
about the steroids were just looking at each other holding our breath and hoping
no one would start wondering how that could have happened."
The sparring partner says he began regularly injecting Pacquiao with steroids in
preparation for his subsequent fights with Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto.
"Once a week, right in the locker room of the Wild Card (Gym). Manny would drop
his shorts and clench his teeth, and I would give him a jab in the upper outer
quarter of his butt cheek. He hated every shot."
The contact also said that Pacquiao's drugs were changed from regular steroids
to a far less detectable combination of HGH and insulin after Floyd Mayweather
began pointing the finger and making suggestions that Pacquiao's almost super
human ring achievements may not be all down to natural ability.
"They got spooked when Floyd rumbled 'em." said the contact. "That whole thing
with the pre fight blood test during the negotiations for a Pacquiao v
Mayweather fight last year was because Manny and his team knew they needed one
month prior to the fight to guarantee 100% that they would be clean in all
The sparring partner fell out with the Pacquiao camp after the Cotto fight, but
he bares his former boss no ill will, and wishes him success v Shane Mosley in
Las Vegas on Saturday night. "I hope he kicks Mosley's butt on Saturday, and I
know he will. Mosley used to be a big time juicer, as everyone knows. Maybe he's
back on it for this fight. He sure needs to be!"