Angel Hernandez, the new strength and conditioning coach of RING and WBO/WBA lightweight champ Juan Manuel Marquez, is widely known to have a past history of being involved in performance enhancing activities, according to reports.
Marquez (53-5-1, 39 knockouts) hired Hernandez in preparation for his third bout with Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Marquez will challenge for the WBO welterweight belt owned by eight-division titleholder Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) in the HBO Pay Per View-televised clash.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said he only recently became aware of Hernandez's past and was not involved in Marquez's hiring him but declined further comment. Neither Marquez nor any of his camp members could be reached on Tuesday.
Marquez was to hold a national conference call with the media on Tuesday, but it was pushed back to Wednesday due to "a crush of media" during his workouts in Mexico City, according to Top Rank Inc. publicist Lee Samuels.
Identified as Angel Hernandez during Episode 2 of HBO's 24/7 series, Hernandez, who is 36, went by the name, Angel Heredia in May of 2008, when he testified in a San Francisco Court that he supplied former track stars Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery with illegal substances, according to a report by the British Boxing Corporation.
Heredia admitted to giving the blood-booster EPO, growth hormone and insulin to Jones in 2000 at the request of her then-coach Trevor Graham, who was on trial. Heredia also sold banned substances to Montgomery.
Having competed for Jamaica at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Graham sparked the investigation into the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) in 2003.
Controversial BALCO founder Victor Conte tweeted his knowledge of Hernandez's past on Monday. Conte apparently has gained in popularity and credibility in the sport of boxing since becoming aligned with WBO/WBC bantamweight titleholder Nonito Donaire, and, more recently, Andre Berto, who credited Conte with helping him to overcome problems associated with over-training and anemia prior toward dethroning Jan Zaveck as IBF welterweight titleholder by fifth-round knockout on Sept. 3.
Real talk if Marquez bulked up for mayweather this way it would have been alot close. Manny needs to be sharp
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