MANILA, Philippines - The new strength and conditioning coach of world lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez has been involved in performance enhancing drugs and steroids issues in the past, according to a report from RingTV.com.
Angel Hernandez, a graduate of Texas A&M University, was hired by Marquez to help him prepare for his upcoming bout with Filipino boxing champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.
Hernandez was introduced in the second episode of HBO's 24/7: Pacquiao vs Marquez reality series, wherein Hernandez said he is putting the boxer through a new training regimen to help him retain speed as he gains size.
According to RingTV, Angel Hernandez is formerly known as Angel Heredia, a Mexican steroid dealer who supplied former track stars Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery with illegal substances.
Heredia admitted to mailing Jones, a former Olympian, the blood-booster EPO, growth hormone and insulin in the year 2000, at the request of Jones' then head-coach, Trevor Graham.
Heredia also admitted to selling banned substances to other Olympians, including gold medalists Antonio Pettigrew, Jerome Young and Dennis Mitchell, according to a BBC report.
Victor Conte, the nutritionist to world bantamweight champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire, was among the first to share his knowledge of Heredia's past, informing his Twitter followers that Heredia was a steroid dealer.
"JM Marquez is working w/ admitted steroid dealer Angel 'Memo' Heredia. Heredia testified he supplied PEDs to Mariona Jones," Conte tweeted. "Angel Heredia was the star witness for the... government against many athletes. He got no time in return."
Conte himself is controversial, having served prison time for distributing steroids. He was the founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO), which marketed an anabolic steroid known as tetrahydrogestrinone (THG).
Working with Marquez
Hernandez has changed some aspects of Marquez' training program, and is putting the boxer through state-of-the-art techniques that will help Marquez gain the needed weight without sacrificing his speed.
It was also Hernandez who advised Marquez to stop his unique training regimen of drinking his own urine.
"On the advise of my doctor and my physical trainer Angel (Hernandez), they told us we should stop," Marquez said.
"You cannot be doing something you did 15 years ago when really, science has advanced, bio-mechanics has advanced, new studies and research has advanced," Hernandez said in the second episode of 24/7.
Although Hernandez admitted that Marquez is not as fast as Pacquiao, he guaranteed that the Mexican boxer will "definitely" be too strong for the Filipino.
According to RingTV, Top Rank chief executive officer Bob Arum "only recently" discovered Heredia's past and was not involved in his hiring.