MANILA, Philippines – The strength and conditioning coach of Juan Manuel Marquez is threatening to sue boxing trainer Freddie Roach for claiming that the Mexican may have used steroids.
Angel “Memo” Hernandez, who started working with Marquez in the 3rd Manny Pacquiao fight, said Roach may have been using psychological war tactics by accusing the Mexican of using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
"What he is doing is a tactic because Roach thinks he's so funny. Juan Manuel wants to fight and shut their mouths,” said Hernandez in Boxing Scene.
However, the conditioning coach said Pacquiao’s trainer is liable for defamation.
"The fact is, I'm going straight to the federal laws, and I talked to my lawyers yesterday and it is a fact that Freddie Roach will be sued for defamation. We are ready to proceed," said Hernandez.
Roach earlier said he could not believe that Marquez bulky physique did not benefit from drug use.
What roused the trainer’s suspicions on Marquez’s rapid muscle growth are the Mexican’s ties with Hernandez, who reportedly supplied PEDs to former track stars Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery.
"If [his body] is natural, I will kiss his ass,'' Roach told Jon Saraceno of USA Today.
But the boxing coach later backtracked from his statement, saying that he was merely joking.
Ironically, Roach's fighter Pacquiao filed a defamation suit against Floyd Mayweather Jr. for insinuating that he used PEDs.
Mayweather later retracted his statements and opted to settled the case with Pacquiao.