By Joel Bautista
I would like to add my two cents into this recent Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez saga that we all have anticipated. I have a been a boxing fan my whole life and had followed many epic battles, from the likes of Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr. and we have seen great boxers slowly decline as age takes a toll in their body.
Most recently a fight that I saw was Sugar Shane Mosley vs. Canelo Alvarez. Sugar Shane is still fast for his age fighting at 40 yrs old but he just didn’t have the same snap on his punches unlike his younger days. I have respect for Juan Manuel Marquez as a fighter and he deserves to be up there as a pound for pound fighter but at what cost?
So at the age of 39, Marquez’s camp adds a strength and conditioning coach named Angel “Memo” Heredia who had a questionable past. Compare Marquez to the younger Timothy Bradley who is a bulky fighter but that takes a lot from a fighter carrying a lot of muscle and eventually compromising his speed. So how is it possible to have bulked up muscle, speed and power to your arsenal at an age when men are not at their physical peak anymore? A question we may never know the answer to, but will linger in our minds because of the power he suddenly displayed after never being able to drop Manny Pacquiao before to knocking him out cold with one punch.
Watch video from 2009 of Juan Manuel Marquez’s strength and conditioning coach Angel “Memo” Heredia injecting himself with EPO and discussing how easy it is to use and get Performance enhancing drugs in Mexico:
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