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Sunday 25, May 2014

  Juan Manuel Marquez May Be Doping, Says Conte

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Mexican professional boxer Juan Manuel Márquez Méndez, a five-division world champion, may be using banned performance enhancing drugs, according to Victor Conte. The presence of acne on the chest on Marquez was rated as a sign of doping by Conte who remarked elevated testosterone levels in teen males can cause acne.

Conte made these comments after Marquez scored a sensational win over Mike Alvarado in their 12-round welterweight clash. Marquez booked a 117-109, 117-109, 119-108 win over Alvarado. Several boxing enthusiasts started criticizing Marquez after his chest was seen filled with pimples and acne.

Conte, the founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative or BALCO, spent four months in jail after his company was found guilty of producing and distributing anabolic androgenic steroids. He also served a four-month house arrest after he pleaded guilty for conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering. Since then, Victor Conte has made every possible attempt to be seen as a big supporter of drug testing in sports. Nowadays, Conte is involved in research for producing legal ways of making athletes perform better including hypoxic training.

In a statement, Conte blasted drug testing methods performed by the state commissions, inability of the media to report it, and the lack of interest of boxing promoters in cleaning up the sport. Conte went on to remark that promoters of boxing are enabling and promoting the use of performance enhancing drugs in boxing and this is all because of money. He continued that a dark cloud will hover without random testing and added random testing hopefully will become the standard for elite boxers in the near future.

Max Kellerman, the host of Face Off and one of the voices of HBO boxing, also raised his doubts about Juan Manuel Marquez. Kellerman said he is always highly cynical when he sees a guy who gets faster when he gets older and added that we live in a time where even before you get in association with people who have been caught up in scandals involving PEDs, there’s always that cloud of suspicion with a modern athlete who performs well and maybe differently as he gets to an advanced athletic age.  Kellerman also remarked there is always that suspicion and that has certainly followed Marquez in recent years, particularly after the (fourth Manny) Pacquiao fight.

However, John Kelvin of Boxing News 24, said the emphatic win was a result of Marquez’s great conditioning and savvy in the ring. The boxing writer said this accusation has been floating around since Marquez linked up with strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia, before his knockout victory over his great rival Manny Pacquiao. He added Juan Manuel Marquez has never failed a drug test in his career, so there is no evidence to suggest that he is doing anything illegal. In his article, Kelvin remarked it is disrespectful of some fans to throw such damaging accusations at a great fighter who has given so many great nights and fights to the world. Marquez has got to the level he is at in his career due to hard work, determination, and discipline.

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Tuesday 08, Jan 2013

  UFC Fighter Marquez Insists He Is Clean

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Mexican professional boxer and the current WBO light-welterweight champion, Juan Manuel Márquez Méndez, has insisted that urine samples taken ahead of his fight with Manny Pacquiao would be free of anabolic steroids and other banned substances.

Responding to questions about his newly bulked-up body and his ties to a former steroid dealer, Marquez says his knockout of rival Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas was not fueled by performance enhancing drugs. “I am a clean fighter,” Marquez remarked.

Marquez told the Los Angeles Times that he wants to undergo random, Olympic-style testing before his next fight, although neither Marquez nor Pacquiao underwent testing of any kind as they trained for their fight to raise questions about the increased power and noticeably ripped physique of Marquez.

“I feel very happy with my training,” Marquez said after he knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round of their fourth bout.

Meanwhile, Marquez could be set for a fifth fight with long-term rival Manny Pacquiao after the Pacquiao’s camp revealed he hopes to make a return to the ring in September 2013.

Before the fight, Marquez was the target of steroid speculations but the criticism intensified dramatically after the match that ended when the 39-year-old Mexican boxer landed a powerful right that sent Pacquiao facedown to the canvas. The presence of his trainer, a shadowy figure named Angel Hernandez, the former steroid dealer previously known as Angel (Memo) Heredia, who turned government witness in the 2008 prosecution of track coach Trevor Graham, added to the steroid speculations. Hernandez provided prosecutors with shipping records, wire-money transfers, phone records, and blood-test results and testified that he sent performance enhancing drugs to several athletes Graham once worked with, including Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery, and Maurice Greene. Track coach Trevor was convicted of one count of lying to federal agents while Hernandez, described as “Source A” in the Graham indictment, and was able to avoid prosecution by cooperating with the government.

In 2003, the United States Anti-Doping Agency received an anonymously syringe containing the designer steroid THG sent by Graham that kicked off an investigation into BALCO founder Victor Conte, who pleaded guilty in 2005 to conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering.

Juan Manuel Márquez is the 1st Mexican-born boxer to become a four-division world champion and won seven world titles in five different boxing weight classes. Considered by analysts to be among the greatest Mexican boxers of all-time, he had an amateur record of 35–1 that included two Golden Glove tournament wins. Márquez made his professional boxing debut at age 19 on May 29, 1993. He remained undefeated for six years, compiling a 29–1 record that included a wins against future champions Agapito Sanchez, Julio Gervacio, and Alfred Kotey and won the WBO NABO Featherweight title in 1997 that he defended seven times. In the year 2003, Márquez defeated Derrick Gainer in a unification bout to win the WBA Featherweight title and become the WBA (Super) Champion. On September 13, 2008, he defeated The Ring Lightweight Champion Joel Casamayor and was ranked by The Ring magazine second on its pound for pound list after the win and rated him the number one boxer in the lightweight division.

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Thursday 12, Jan 2012

  Manager of Bolt denies claims

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The manager for world-record-holder Usain Bolt, Ricky Simms, termed an internet blog post associating the Jamaican sprinter to admitted steroids dealer “nonsense.”

The website Deadspin posted an article under the headline, “What Do Usain Bolt And Juan Manuel Marquez Have In Common? They Train With The Same Admitted Steroids Dealer.”

Alex Ariza, the strength and conditioning coach of Pacquiao, in questioning how Marquez had gotten so big so fast was quoted in The Philippine Star saying, “I guess (he’s working with) the same guys who work with Usain Bolt.”

Thursday 15, Dec 2011

  Mexican fighter to fight doping claims

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On Wednesday, Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez defended himself as doping clouds arose after his strength coach was revealed to be among those involved in a major doping scandal that stung US athletics.

“Whatever doping they want to do – blood, Olympian – whatever they want to do, I’ll do it, as long as he does it too,” Marquez said through a translator.

“It’s a shame all the work I’ve done has been trashed by these guys, Conte and Ariza,” Marquez said.

Tuesday 06, Dec 2011

  Marquez Strength Coach Threatens Lawsuit Against Ariza

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Angel “Memo” Hernandez, the strength and conditioning coach of Juan Manuel Marquez, recently threatened to sue Alex Ariza, his counterpart in the camp of Manny Pacquiao.

“I would like to say through this medium and the public that logically, we are preparing a lawsuit for defamation against Mr. Alex Ariza,” Hernandez said, his words translated from Spanish.

“On his behalf, the declarations he has made are very direct. I think they’re very prejudicial not just with respect toward the image of Juan Manuel Marquez, but for mine as his physical trainer,” Hernandez said.

Saturday 03, Dec 2011

  Steroid problem a thing of the past

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Bob Arum, top rank chief executive officer, defended world lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez for hiring nutritionist Angel Hernandez, who has admitted to being a steroid dealer in the past.

Hernandez admitted in May 2008 to a San Francisco court that he sold performance enhancing drugs to track stars, including former Olympian Marion Jones.

“The steroid problem is fading into the past,” Arum said.