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Juan Manuel Marquez Will Attend The Donaire-Arce Clash

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez who emerged a hero in his home country after becoming the first Mexican to beat eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao by scoring a devastating 6th round knockout last Saturday will be at special ringside at the WBO super bantamweight title defense of Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire against Mexican warrior Jorge “Travieso” Arce.

While some Filipinos expressed concern and suspicion over  the involvement of Angel Heredia Hernandez as the strength and conditioning coach of Marquez as well as Arce, with Freddie Roach having earlier claimed Marquez looked like he was on performance enhancing drugs, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said Heredia is now “the Philippine assassin.”

Heredia was involved in the use of illegal drugs by American Olympic gold medalist and sprinter Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery, giving rise to the concerns.

The Top Rank promoter who is staging the title fight at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Saturday, in a fight card to be telecast over ABS-CBN Channel 2 said “Marquez is coming to the fight and we are going to have a special tribute for him from the Mexican fans.”

Arum said ticket sales are going well and he expects another great fight.

Heredia, in an exclusive interview with BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard said Arce was supposed to train with Marquez and his trainer “Nacho” Beristain and himself but was there “only for two and a half weeks and he had to go back home because obviously the time was not enough for “Nacho and myself to train in Mexico City. So he decided it was best to go and train at his hometown where the gym was close by.”

He described Donaire as “very quick, very technical and its going to be a good fight. I would say that Arce is another warrior, good guy but of course the different styles play a very important role in this fight.”

Heredia said that if Arce “does things right he’s going to give Donaire some problems. Nonito is the guy who is very fast . Its kind of hard to predict what will happen.”

He said that “ some people are favoring Nonito but in boxing anything can happen

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LADIV on 12-11-2012

[quote=teejro;12801979]just evidence convicts you in court of a crime even if no one saw you do the crime... Marquez on someting... Evidence 1... Marquez fought pacquiao three times and has landed clean over hand rights and combinations plenty of times,…

Comment by cabalas on 12-11-2012

That guy Ronnie has nothing of objectivity. He continues praising filipino boxers talking only based on false patriotism. He needs to state true facts. The first mexican boxer that defeated Manny was Erik Morales. Second, he wants to use the…

Comment by stretchedout on 12-11-2012

[QUOTE=Fighting_Pride;12802178]there's a good argument in that statement, worthy of it's own thread[/QUOTE] There was no sense at all in his comment. Donaire recently stated that he struggled to maintain the extra 4lbs after initially moving up from bantam. He is…

Comment by Tony B. on 12-11-2012

The PAC fans are jumping ship to Donaire left and right! Suddenly Nonito has been the best all along! Ha!

Comment by Fighting_Pride on 12-11-2012

[QUOTE=El Presidente;12800219]You serious? Donaire. Easy. JMM is no longer a 135 lbs fighter, and Donaire is a beast at that weight, much faster than MP. Wake up people! Nonito Donaire has been the best boxer from the Philippines since 2011.[/QUOTE]…

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