Mayweather-Paul: Both fighters test positive for Rogaine, fight still on
This weekend's not-so-super-fight between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr and YouTube star Logan Paul is reportedly still on despite both fighters testing positive for 'absurdly high' levels of minoxidil.
Minoxidil, commonly referred to by its trading name Rogaine (or Regaine in the UK), is a medication generally used for the treatment of male pattern baldness.
However, the drug's first intended use was for the treatment of high blood pressure, as in addition to its apparent hair-growing qualities, minoxidil is a vasodilator, i.e. it increases blood flow by dilating blood vessels.
The drug is not currently included in the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) list of banned substances, but it can be used as a masking agent; a positive test with unusually high levels of minoxidil can indicate that an athlete is doping, in addition to being one balding son of a b***h.
Despite the bout being an eight-round exhibition with no judges or scoring, Mayweather, now 44 and retired as a professional boxer since 2017, had demanded testing be carried out for both fighters, allegedly stating that the younger Paul has enough physical advantages without being free to dope as well. But the only suspect substance Paul, as well as Mayweather himself, tested positive for was enough Rogaine to bring back the hippie movement.
Fortunately for Mayweather and Paul, whose minoxidil levels were "by far the highest ever seen" by the Florida State Boxing Commission, the bout will still be held this Saturday at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.