By Salvador Rodriguez
Nacho Beristain, the trainer of former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez, took offense with the recent statements of WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley - who recently told BoxingScene Radio that he was willing to "walk away" from his fight with Marquez unless the Mexican veteran underwent Olympic style drug testing with either VADA or USADA.
Marquez is set to challenge Bradley on October 12th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum has asked the Nevada State Athletic Commission to handle the anti-doping tests, but Bradley is not satisfied with those terms. He told BoxingScene Radio that his fight contract clearly calls for either VADA or USADA to be responsible for the anti-doping tests. Unless Marquez agrees to get tested by either company, Bradley will not move forward with the fight.
"He has a bad fight [with Pacquiao] and the judges favor him and then gives a great fight [with Ruslan Provodnikov], but that does not mean that you have reached the big leagues. He has the obligation to respect other athletes, but he doesn't. [For Pacquiao], Juan was drug testing in the morning, before the fight and after the fight, and they did not find anything," said Nacho.
"They will never find anything in Juan. He is a healthy athlete and all that he's done is put in a massive effort, because he's an athlete who trains and cares. Whenever an athlete is successful at something, they always say that you are taking something."