CAN you claim to be doing the right thing when only recently you were caught doing the wrong thing? That’s the conundrum facing those desperate to forgive and forget and now praise Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for finally enrolling in the WBC’s Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency’s (VADA) testing programme.
Alvarez, a celebrated two-weight world champion, famously tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol in March, a result that scuppered his May 5 fight with Gennady Golovkin and led to a measly six-month suspension handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Worse than that, it called into question everything Alvarez had achieved in his career to that point and, in the eyes of some, made him a man hard to believe. But, hey, that was over two months ago now. Wrists were slapped. We move on.
Besides, Canelo blamed contaminated meat for the failed test and promised all he was a clean fighter. And who are we to argue?