MANILA, Philippines – Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez believes he could have used the help of strength and conditioning coach Angel “Memo” Heredia in his ill-fated attempt to end the undefeated streak of American Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Marquez fought Mayweather in 2009 and was summarily routed; the unbeaten American won a unanimous decision with scores of 120-107, 119-108, and 118-109.
The bout, which was held at a catchweight of 144-pounds, was the first time that Marquez fought above 135-pounds. He was noticeably slower than Mayweather and struggled to land clean punches throughout the bout.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Marquez said he failed to train properly for Mayweather and that the bout would have been different had he been working with Heredia.
“Things would have been very different. I wasn’t doing the right things,” he admitted. “(Heredia) has helped me a lot, and I’m doing a lot of different things that I was never doing before.”
“We worked very, very hard. I think so, yes, things would have been very different,” Marquez added.
Heredia began working with Marquez during his third bout against Filipino rival Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in late 2011.
Heredia quickly became a controversial figure in the Marquez camp when it was revealed that he supplied Olympic athletes, including disgraced track star Marion Jones, with performance enhancing drugs.
Marquez has said he will welcome stricter drug testing to prove that he is not using any illegal substances.
The Mexican boxer recently earned the biggest victory of his career when he knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round of their fourth clash last December 8 in Las Vegas. Both Pacquiao and Marquez tested negative in the post-fight drug tests.