Long before Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito steps in the ring, Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach wanted a pre fight urinalysis test for Margarito as he accused team Margarito taking a bottle mixed with Ephedra according to Billy Keane who witness the wrapping of Antonio’s hands who later confirmed to Kevin Iole the Yahoo sports columnist that he saw a Hydroxycut pill mixed with coffee given to Margarito, although Hydroxycut claimed that it is Ephedra free since 2004 but it has the exact same formula with the presence of hydroxylean which basically contains Ephedra.
So what is Ephedra? It is an herbal remedy in traditional Chinese medicine used for treatments of asthma and other respiratory ailments. It is also found in herbal products for weight loss, athletic performance and physical and mental stimulation. This is currently banned in the US. The Ephedra containing supplements are associated with stroke, seizures, psychosis and even death. Many have been tested positive including the Argentine footballer and hall of famer Diego Maradona
It suddenly made perfect sense. Margarito could have used the pill to get into the contracted weight limit considering his woes on weight issues. But everything is assumed and baseless. Ephedra supplements are mostly used by athletes to enhance athletic performance and I hope this issue would prove to be a groundless accusation because if proven guilty this would be another stain on Margarito’s reputation. He already has a massive advantage with his weight, height and reach. He is almost 5 inch tall and weighs about 17 pounds more on Manny in fight night. Taking athletic enhance supplements could give him far more superior chances of winning. It was Pacquiao’s ring smarts, speed and accuracy that gave him a win but if it was a lesser known fighter, Margarito could have killed him.
Antonio is still innocent until proven guilty. But somehow someone has to remind Margarito it’s not all about winning it’s still how you play the game. He fought Manny Pacquiao valiantly in a losing effort and this could simply ruin everything. Say isn’t so Margarito… Say isn’t so.