Can any boxer take a loss with dignity? It seems like every time someone loses, the first thing mentioned is whether the winner took a performance enhancing drug.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s camp started the ball rolling when it was suggested Manny Pacquiao couldn’t have moved up so many weight classes and still keep his power without taking something illegal. Jean Pascal, not convinced someone could fight at a high level in their mid 40s, accused Bernard Hopkins of taking something.
Now Andre Berto has joined the fray. Berto lost a unanimous decision to Victor Ortiz in a WBC welterweight title on April 16 at Foxwoods.
Through his verified twitter account Berto claimed: “I know people close to him and his camp and I know exactly [what] he was taking….It wasn’t Flinstone vitamins!! But it is what it is. I should have beat him anyways. But it was me that night. Ortiz wasn’t him either. Lol.”
It’s perfectly understandable for a boxer to suspect something funny is going on if a guy suddenly displays skills never seen before, but Berto didn’t fight well that night. It was a lackluster performance for a guy who was looking for respect.
Claiming Ortiz was using PEDs six weeks after the face sounds a lot like sour grapes.
Ortiz, with wins over Vivian Harris, Nate Campbell and Antonio Diaz, has built quite a name for himself. It’s unfair to him to suggest he’s doing it illegally without any proof.