Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao are a few days away from their fourth showdown, and there’s already some controversy surrounding their Dec. 8 encounter.
The two will meet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, has his suspicions about Marquez’ improved physique heading into his fourth showdown against Manny, recently hinting that “Dinamita” and his strength and conditioning trainer, Angel Hernandez — who was involved with the BALCO trials — might be using performance enhancing drugs.
Marquez didn’t appreciate Roach’s comments, and he made it clear he’s willing to undergo additional testing during a recent conversation with Sports Illustrated.
“Before the last camp, there were accusations about [Pacquiao], people saying things, and we didn’t care. We never brought it up,” Marquez said. “For this fight, all of a sudden they are attacking me. I say we do [a blood test] now. … I’d be happy to do it. As long as the guy I’m fighting does the same thing. If there is going to be a level field, it has to be level for everyone.”
Juan Manuel Marquez seems to be in the best shape of his career heading into his fourth fight against Pacquiao, but the Filipino congressman’s camp isn’t in a position to be accusing anyone of PED use. Marquez went through Olympic style drug testing prior to his 2009 fight against Floyd Mayweather, while Pacquiao is yet to submit to anything other than the inefficient drug screens conducted by the various sanctioning bodies.
Given Roach’s comments, it does seem like the well-respected trainer is a little worried about how strong Marquez looks right how.
If he’s not, he should be.
Even though Marquez’ official record against Pacquiao is 0-2-1, a decent amount of fans have scored all three fights in favor of the Mexican. More importantly, Marquez’ performances have gotten better with each bout, and “Pac Man” will probably find himself in serious trouble if that trend continues come Dec. 8.