June 26, 2013
MANILA, Philippines – Six months after his shocking win over Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez is still hounded by speculations surrounding his bulked up physique prior their fourth bout.
But the Mexican insisted that his buff physique was a product of hard work and scientific training at the gym.
“I am not a cheater, and I told you that before,” Marquez said in Kevin Iole’s Yahoo! Sports report.
Marquez was suspected to have used performance enhancing drugs because of his association with Angel “Memo” Heredia, a conditioning coach who admitted peddling designer drugs to athletes in the past.
However, there is no evidence proving Marquez’s alleged drug use.
“I don’t know what I have to do to prove I’m clean. Before the [Pacquiao] fight [in December], I was asking to be tested. The reason my body changed was months of hard work,” Marquez stressed.
His promoter, Bob Arum stood by the Mexican’s claim, saying that Marquez is not the type who would resort to cheating.
He also pointed out that Marquez even got a beating from Pacquiao until the Mexican caught the Filipino superstar with a knockout punch in the sixth round.
“I know the kid, and I know what kind of values he has and the kind of person he is,” Arum said. “And look at the fight. He was getting the [expletive] kicked out of him and was one round away from being stopped until Manny ran into that punch.
“There is nothing suspicious. Manny ran right into it and Marquez was going forward. It was a great punch at the perfect time and place. If I didn’t know the kid as well as I do, maybe I’d be suspicious. But he’s as classy and honest a kid as there is,” Arum stressed.
Marquez is now preparing for his WBO title clash against welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, who sought to have the Mexican undergo a series of drug test before their bout.
Bradley wanted the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association to handle the testing, while Marquez opted for the US anti-Doping Association.
Arum settled the issue by hiring a qualified laboratory under the Nevada Athletic Commission. Both fighters will be screened throughout the duration of their training camps for illegal substances.
Marquez said he’d be ready for testing anytime.
“When [Pacquiao trainer] Freddie Roach said he thought I was doing something, I said that I would piss in a cup any time he wanted to prove I was not,” the Mexican said.