Marquez looking for vindication


HOLLYWOOD—When Juan Manuel Marquez was shown on episodes of HBO’s 24/7, many Manny Pacquiao fans were alarmed. The Mexican’s muscles were bulging and he looked strong and menacing.

The way Marquez heaved the medicine balls, ripped off the speed ball, and jumped on a platform proved that he’s in peak shape at 39 years old and seemed ready to do battle with Pacquiao once again.

Even the oddsmakers in Las Vegas were impressed by the footages, which was complemented by a video showing Marquez knocking down a sparmate. From a high of -300 for Pacquiao, the odds fell to -250. From +300, the odds went down to +250 for Marquez.

The lower figures mean a $250 bet on Pacquiao would net just $100, while a $100 wager on Marquez would earn $250.

Also surprised by the sudden transformation of Marquez’s body was Pacquiao’s chief trainer, Freddie Roach who, for a while, hinted of the possibility that the four-division world champion was taking performance enhancing drugs.

Though Roach later clarified that he “was just joking” when he made the remark, Marquez deplored the insinuation. Marquez said his well-chiseled physique was a product of four months of rigorous preparation and training under the supervision of Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain and strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia, who was once accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) to his wards that included superstar trackster Marion Jones.

Marquez, who flew to Los Angeles via a private plane from Toluca, Mexico, Saturday (Sunday in Manila), also revealed on part 3 of the HBO series drumming up Pacquiao-Marquez 4, that the results (draw and split decision) of the first two fights made him angry, but the third, which again went to Pacquiao by majority decision, filled him with rage.

According to Marquez, it would be difficult to floor Pacquiao. He, however, is confident of finally turning the tables on the Filipino.

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  • prangka

    Marquez is seeking vindication that he is a true loser. 

  • Spencer

    Let’s just watch the fight and see what will happen. Let’s wait who from the two fighters will kiss the canvass.

  • les21reago

    MUST be NO excuses…Erik Morales was positive of PED before his fight with Danny GARCIA…The latter FLOORED Erik in 4rth round…

    1.0 The REAL issue is ROACH…Has he still that agility and creative planning in coaching his ward?…Is ROACH mentorship NOT gone OBSOLETE?..Though and WHY because CHAVEZ and Amir KHAN LOST their recent fight under ROACH and prior to these two PAKYAW lost to BRADLEY?
    2.0 With Pakyaw 34 and Marquez 39 and their 4rth ENCOUNTER, viewers are being hyped of their Physical YOU tube.
    3.0 A more boring ENCOUNTER and look forward for their 5th…

  • Gandalf

    You know, he might just actually do it. Floor Pacquiao, I mean. Pacquiao no longer has that “siga mentality,” he just want to be seen as “mabait,” or “makadiyos,” so that Pinoys will vote for him and his family. 
    Boxing’s no longer the arena he wants to excel in.
    Still, I really want to be proven wrong. We miss the Pacquiao of the Barrera/Morales days. 

  • Estee Muri

    Angel Heredia a doper ! Will if  Lance Armstrong  was stripped off his  wins in cycling eventhough he was tested negative  in all his  tests , only to be tagged by his team mates that  yes he did  PEDs,  this Marquez who wants to win against Pacquiao  will  try to do EVERYTHING,  repeat EVERYTHING..NO ONE  CAN  JUST INCREASE  AND BUILD  MUSCLE  within  4 months  without steroids. Who Marquez is kidding. Once they will fight , HE WILL STEP ON PACQUIAO’s Foot again and again  . You just watch. Marquez  play a dirty boxing just  to win. mark my word.

    • mamer2

      At the start of the fight…
      let’s just concentrate…, TOGETHER, and give Marquez our most effective “evil-eye”…., 
      to scare him of his wits…, and keep him off-balance.

      “Mind Over Matter”…!
      (the Russians were reputed to have done this in that
      Fisher vs Spassky Chess Championship.)

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