When Julio Caesar Chavez tested positive for marijuana after his fight with Sergio Martinez his promoter Bob Arum had a ready made excuse.
“The commission let (Top Rank’s Carl) Moretti know (Tuesday) night that he tested positive,” Arum said. “I can’t really get excited about it. There’s no promoter in boxing who could pass the marijuana test, including myself.
“Julio is going to have to explain to the commission what happened and the commission will be guided accordingly. If there was a trace of marijuana, to me, it’s not the same as using a performance-enhancing drug. That is cheating.”
I do agree it isn’t the same as being caught with steroids, but it is still illegal. No one is going to worry about Arum puffing on the Mary Jane, but passing it to JCC is going to end up costing them both millions of dollars.
Good to know promoters are high when they are making these blockbuster deals.