Ufc fighter marquez insists he is clean

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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