What’s Love Got to Do with It

By Robert Ecksel on May 15, 2013
What’s Love Got to Do with It
Floyd Mayweather might want to take a look at what's happening right under his nose.


Middleweight prospect J’Leon Love (16-0, 8 KOs), who on May 4 was awarded a questionable decision over Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs) on the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard, tested positive for the banned diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide.

Love is the second of two boxers fighting under the banner of Mayweather Promotions and out of the Mayweather Boxing Club to fail a post-fight drug test. The first was super middleweight Lanell Bellows, who KO’d Matthew Garretson in the final round of a four-round contest. And now it’s J’Leon Love.

Given Mayweather’s “take the test” mantra as regards Pacquiao and his insistence that he’s all about cleaning up the sport, he might want to forget about boxing as a whole and take a look at what’s happening right under his nose.

Money May has been silent on Love’s situation, which falls somewhat short of being a public relations bonanza. But somebody had to say something, and that somebody is Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.

“Floyd Mayweather nor myself condone this behavior,” he told ESPN.com, “and whatever the Nevada commission sees necessary as punishment we fully support it. In addition, there will be repercussions behind this as it relates to Mayweather Promotions and our fighter. This news is disgusting.”

Disgusting about sums it up.

Love was late for the weigh-in before the fight and failed to make weight on his first attempt. He dropped a pound and a half in the next hour to make 160. Rumor has it he used the time to empty his pockets of diuretics, but that’s neither here nor there.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission will take action. Whether the time fits the crime remains to be seen.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:57pm, 05/15/2013

    Raxman….Which reminds me…..Murray would be batshit crazy to fight Baby Huey in Mexico City and if he does he will deserve the beer cups full of piss that will shower down on him as he makes his way to the ring.

  2. raxman 06:05pm, 05/15/2013

    The great shame is that Love seemed like a nice kid. his humility post fight and refusal to celebrate what he all but called a loss was really refreshing. but he should be fighting at 168 if he can’t make 160 - simple as that.

  3. Mike Schmidt 05:56pm, 05/15/2013

    Superb Rax. As for the LoveBoat—Hall of Famer Peltzee has another big point—this kid made $100,000 for this fight—and he gets a fine for two hour late of $100—what bullshit—in Jersey he would get smacked $10,000. At any rate if there is any consistency at all this kid is going to get a 7 month suspension and Rosado is the guy that comes away with fan base. At some point one of these fighters is going to get slightly creative and sue the shit out of their opponent/cheater

  4. raxman 05:15pm, 05/15/2013

    Mike Schmidt - I’ve been thinking a lot about same day weigh ins ever since canelo weighed 170pounds vs trout and the mayweather v canelo stuff heated the problem with same day weigh ins is the same as it was when it was change - loss of the bodies fluids means loss of the brains fluids which mean less protection for the brain. however these fighters who bulk up 20pounds, aside from the risk to their opponents also do their own bodies no favour, a great way to shorten ones career is yo-yoing weight between walk around a weigh in. The solution? I think the only measure that can service both concerns is to have multiple weigh ins - say a week from the fight with a limit of say 3 pounds over weight, 24 hours before for weight limit, and an hour before the fight where the fighter can have put the 3pounds back on - hell lets not make it an arbitrary 3pounds lets consult medicos as to what is safe for both the opponent and the fighter themselves. whatever the solution a fight day limit must apply. this idea that Floyd would fight at his 151 pound maximum but canelo could weight 20 pounds more is just ridiculous.

  5. Ted 04:35pm, 05/15/2013

    Rosado won that fight anyway but got a Mayweather/Vegas house fighter f—king.

  6. Mike Schmidt 02:32pm, 05/15/2013

    No love, no love at all. This kid should jump on the “Love Boat” and get lost. Rosado fights a kid that looks like a cruiserweight in the ring—he takes a stripper—shows up two hours late for a weigh-in and gets a fine for $100. One of these days somebody is going to get killed and the test positive is not going to help—how much different is than a Resto type cheat. This kid is a HUGE, sorry no pun intended, cheater with punishment to come from the Vegas Commish and any subsequent fine should end up in Rosado’s pocket for the lumps he took in a fight I thought he won. The Love Boat should have his entire purse forfeited to Rosado to send a message. The stripper allows a much bigger man to come in at weight without the rigor or pounding over the weeks of training to make appropriate weight and then allows him in short order to beef back up—same day weigh-ins would help as guys would come in at natural weight or suffer their own consequence. Shame shame here. Punish this guy to the max.

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