Roach: Behind the “Red Flag” of Marquez
By Rusty Nate: Freddie Roach, the trainer for Manny Pacquiao has recently made comments suggesting that Marquez has “raised a red flag” by bulking up his muscle mass in an interview with USA Today. Now Roach was quite deliberate in staying close to the line without crossing it. After all Pacquiao just sued Floyd Mayweather for the same claim and if Pacquiao’s trainer then started throwing around the accusations it would look pretty stupid.
So what was the reason for this?
Roach has made a bit of a mistake if he thought this comment would get to Marquez and provide an edge for Pacquiao. Marquez has never been the sort of fighter to get involved in petty pre or post fight arguments. Even after the 3 fights that he believes he clearly won not going his way there was still no overreaction from the Marquez camp, merely disappointment and dedication to make sure in the next fight that he got what he felt he was owed.
I am not going to get into the whole who won, who lost and what happens next arguments because other writers seem to have done this to death on these sites already, unfortunately a lot of the time with a bias streak in them a mile wide.
But I do think Roach’s comment has back fired a little bit. Instead of shinning the spot light on Marquez for using something as Roach suggested, what it has actually done has re-ignited the blasting of Pacquiao. Fans now believe that Roach has said this to take the spot light of Manny’s “PEDs argument” (I don’t personally believe he ever used anything) inspired by the Mayweather family a long time ago.
If the media frenzy revolving around Pacquiao suddenly turns back on him regarding the PEDs situation Roach could find his comment about Marquez doing more harm than good to his fighter!
Its strange in this day and age that America spawned the phrase “Innocent until proven guilty” yet it seems to be predominantly American’s that are the front runners in blasting sportsman that have never put a foot wrong regarding drugs and PED’s.
My personal point of view……I believe that Shane Mosley was guilty (he was caught) I believe Julio Cesar Chazez Jr. was guilty (he was caught) I believe Enzo Maccarinelli was guilty (he was caught) and I believe James Toney was guilty (he was caught), the list could go on and on!
What I don’t buy into is the “Mayweather says so we all follow” effect that a lot of fans and writers seem have bought in to.
For example, no one had even thought or mentioned Pacquiao being on steroids before Mayweather made his public claim. Now there are cry’s of “drug cheat” coming from everywhere! Are some fans really that easily led by Floyd?
If a fighter is caught then fair enough he is a cheat and deserves to be branded and punished for his wrong doing. If not then I for one will never assume that drugs have anything to do with his performance, regardless of what sporting icon or prominent figures decides to air his personal opinions.
If I am wrong then please tell me with your comments. And in particular any American’s that are not pointing the finger at innocent fighters lets hear your thoughts guys. I can only talk from a Brit point of view when I say it seems to be predominantly American’s jumping on the Mayweather PED’s band wagon. I am certainly not stereotyping the American fans but its just how it seems over here. What do you guys see over there?