Pacquiao will ask Marquez to take drug test

Posted at 05/22/2014 3:27 AM | Updated as of 05/22/2014 3:27 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Manny Pacquiao will ask Juan Manuel Marquez to undergo drug testing with the Volunteer Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) if the two fighters will have a fifth bout.

Michael Koncz, Pacquiao's business adviser, has made it clear that they are not accusing Marquez of using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). He said VADA testing has already become a standard in Pacquiao's latest fights.

“We are not even discussing a fight with him (Marquez), so why would I jump the gun and make an allegation by saying that if we fight you, we need a drug test because that implies he’s dirty. I’m not going to do that,” said Koncz in Ronnie Nathanielsz’s Boxing Scene report.

“We had Timothy Bradley do drug testing, Brandon Rios do drug testing, so that’s our protocol from now on in any fights we do [but] we are not accusing anybody of anything,” he added.

There are suspicions about the 40-year-old Mexican boxer after he showed up with acne breakouts during his welterweight bout against Mike Alvarado. Marquez decked the younger Alvarado in the 8th round en route to a unanimous win verdict.

Marquez has consistently denied that his renewed vigor and explosive power are related to drugs, claiming that he underwent a scientific training regimen under strength coach Angel "Memo" Heredia.