Juan Manuel Marquez looked significantly larger during his last fight against Manny Pacquiao, and the Mexican looks even bigger heading into his fourth fight against the Filipino congressman.
The two will meet on Dec. 8, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., and it’ll be the first time the two meet at 147-pounds.
Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, Freddie Roach, has his suspicions about how Marquez packed up the extra muscle, hinting “Dinamita” might be familiar with performance enhancing drugs.
“If [his body] is natural, I will kiss his ass,” Roach said during a conversation with USA Today. “[Marquez] has gotten bigger and gained weight — it throws up a red flag. I’ve been accused so many times of my fighters being on steroids [that] I hate to accuse other people. But it is part of our life, part of the world we live in.”
Marquez was obviously upset when he found out about Roach’s comments, and he defended himself during a Tuesday (Nov. 27) conference call.
“I think it’s disrespectful when people start rumors like this,” Marquez fired back. “I have never done this type of work before. That’s why my body has changed. I have been working very hard, specifically to get more strength. Angel [Hernandez] is a professional and knows how much weight I am putting on. I am getting more speed and getting stronger at the same time.”
While it isn’t completely unreasonable to be suspicious of Marquez’ increased muscle mass, given his close relationship with Hernandez (his strength and conditioning coach), who was involved with the infamous BALCO trial, it’s a little ironic that Freddie Roach is his accuser. Pacquiao — who is Freddie’s top pupil — has had his share of PED accusations over the years, with Floyd Mayweather leading the push, so one would think Roach would do everything in his power to avoid any conversations about PEDs.
Unlike Pacquiao, Marquez has been willing to undergo Olympic Style Drug Testing (OSDT) — as he did leading up to his 2009 fight against Mayweather, while “Pac Man” is one of the few big-name fighters around right now who have never submitted to OSDT.
Like the old saying goes, people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.