MANILA, Philippines – Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez is surprised that his compatriot, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., recently failed a post-fight drug test, but stressed that the blame is not solely on the young boxer’s shoulders.
“Neither myself nor anyone else expected Junior to test positive,” Marquez said in an interview with Boxing Scene.
Chavez lost to Argentinian champion Sergio Martinez via unanimous decision last September 15. A week after the fight, it was revealed that he failed a post-fight drug test after testing positive for marijuana.
But Marquez pointed out that it was not only Chavez who should be blamed for the positive test.
“As Chavez wins, so does the entire team, and his mistakes should be placed on them as well,” Marquez said. “It’s not just a problem for Chavez, it’s a problem for the entire team.”
Chavez is trained by Hall-of-Famer Freddie Roach, who also trains Marquez’s chief rival, Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
Marquez is optimistic that the recent setback will prove beneficial for Chavez in the end.
“I think we now have to look on the bright side of all of this,” he said. “He (Chavez) will not make this mistake again, and this will help him mature.”
Marquez is set to face Pacquiao for a fourth time on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, Chavez was assessed a $10,000 fine by the World Boxing Council and was asked to enter a rehabilitation facility. He was also suspended indefinitely.