Dec 8, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Juan Manuel Marquez after knocking out Manny Pacquiao (not pictured) during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Arena. Juan Manuel Marquez won by knockout in the sixth round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Suspicion: Will Drug Testing Prevent Juan Manuel Marquez From Facing Manny Pacquiao?


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A little less than two weeks ago, Juan Manuel Marquez outpointed Mike Alvarado on HBO in a fight that was billed, more or less, as an eliminator to face Manny Pacquiao in November. But is Marquez, who seemed disinterested in the topic of Pacquiao in the post-fight interview, going to take the fight?

In the past, Marquez has twice declined fights against Pacquiao—with disastrous results. In 2005, he turned down a major payday (which he felt was too small) to face “Pacman” and went on to lose to Chris John in his next start for $35,000. Last year, Marquez opted to face Timothy Bradley instead of taking a fifth fight against Pacquiao in order to pursue a championship at welterweight. He dropped a close decision to Bradley last October in Las Vegas. This time, money and/or titles are unlikely to be issues during negotiations.

Instead, the obstacle may wind up being a question of PEDs.

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