I can’t believe that the Manny Pacquiao/Juan Manuel Marquez fight is less than 2 weeks away.  I haven’t seen the normal crazy promoting that they usually do. Maybe this will help? Marquez defended himself Tuesday against an accusation that he uses performance-enhancing drugs.


Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who trains Pacquiao, told USA TODAY Sports that he suspects the rejuvenated 39-year-old challenger from Mexico has benefited from using illegal PEDs. The welterweights will meet Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, where the Nevada State Athletic Commission can administer drug tests at its discretion.

“If (his body) is natural, I will kiss his ass,” Roach said Tuesday.

Marquez’s strength and conditioning coach is Angel “Memo” Hernandez — the same man who once supplied PEDs to disgraced track stars Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery.

Marquez, who defended his increased muscle mass and his hiring of Hernandez on HBO’s 24/7 before their third fight last November, sounded irritated when asked about his apparent sudden physical makeover in a teleconference call with reporters Tuesday, saying, “I think it’s disrespectful when people start rumors like this.”

“I have never done this type of work before. That’s why my body has changed. I have been working very hard, specifically to get more strength. Angel is a professional and knows how much weight I am putting on. I am getting more speed and getting stronger at the same time.”