HOUSTON—The urine test results are in and both Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez are clean.
Controversial strength and conditioning expert Angel Hernandez can now heave a sigh of relief as the results, in effect, cleared him of any drug-related wrongdoing while preparing Marquez for his fourth showdown with Pacquiao.
“Like I said in the beginning we haven’t done anything illegal, and the result showed it today,” Heredia told Filipino sportswriters Friday. “He’s clean, Pacquiao is clean. A lot of rumors in the past had been down on Pacquiao and Marquez.”
“It (result) clears the air, and hopes the (Nevada Athletic) commission, they get together soon and make the regulation stronger. It takes a lot of money, lot of changes, maybe it will happen, maybe not now, but in the future.”
Heredia, whose reputation was tarnished by his admission of using performance enhancing drugs with his athletes, particularly tracksters, insisted that the knockout suffered by Pacquiao on Saturday was the result of science and hard work. Not a product of voodoo.
“We worked a lot of strength, we worked a lot of power we worked a lot of speed,” explained Hernandez. “Marquez was hitting him (Pacquiao) hard. What people don’t see is that Pacquiao was coming forward but Marquez was explosive. He was able to throw the punch. It was something that could have happened to anybody. Pacquiao could have knocked down Marquez if he would have him in the right position.”
Hernandez said he spent two weeks of high-altitude training with Arce, but the four-division world champion couldn’t adapt with the training schedule.