By Rob Smith: Freddie Roach is suddenly suspicious about the muscle growth of Juan Manuel Marquez as he heads towards a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roach suspects that Marquez may have built his impressive physique by other than natural means.
Roach told usatoday.comK/u> “If [Marquez’s body] is natural, I will kiss his a**. [Marquez] has gotten bigger and gained weight. It throws up a red flag.”
Roach has nothing to go on with this, and seems to be just reaching out of nowhere on this. Marquez has never failed any tests in the past for performance enhancing drugs, and he’s really not put a whole of muscle. He started at 135, and has merely put on less than 10 pounds in the past year. That’s hardly the sign of a fighter using performance enhancing drugs.
Marquez hired a strength and conditioning coach Angel Hernandez, who has done a good job of helping Marquez build up his physique with resistance exercises. Hernandez is quite good at his job, and he’s worked wonders with Marquez.
Roach could be trying to throw Marquez off his game by trying to upset him with comments about his physique so that it can give Pacquiao an advantage in the ring on December 8th. Roach often tries to mess with the heads of Pacquiao’s opponents by talking trash and predicting knockouts. For this fight, Roach hasn’t been predicting any knockouts, perhaps because Pacquiao hasn’t scored a knockout since 2009. It looks a little silly now Roach talking knockouts when Pacquiao doesn’t seem capable of doing that anymore.
Roach is going to need to get any edge he can for Pacquiao because many people think he’s in decline, and he lost his last fight. Pacquiao has done poorly in the three previous fights against Marquez and he doesn’t seem to know how to fight him, and Roach’s instructions have been a fail each time.