Manny Pacquiao vs. Marquez: Victor Conte Wrong to Bring Up Ex-Steroid Dealer

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 2, 2011

Former founder of BALCO Victor Conte revealed on Tuesday via Twitter that Juan Manuel Marquez's strength and conditioning coach was Angel Guillermo Heredia, the former steroid dealer who was linked to several high-profile athletes in 2005.

Heredia supposedly has changed his last name to Hernandez and is featured in HBO's latest 24/7 series, which precludes the Nov. 12 fight between Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.

Tweeted Conte on Tuesday:

"JM Marquez is working w/ admitted steroid dealer Angel "Memo" Heredia (Hernandez on 24/7). Heredia (testified) he supplied PEDs to Marion Jones.

"Angel Heredia was the star witness for Novitzky and the government against many athletes. He got no time in return."

In 2005, Heredia provided e-mails, phone recordings, cancelled checks, blood and urine lab results and shipping records linking him to a large amount of athletes, including 12 who had won a combined 26 Olympic medals and 21 world championships. Four of these athletes were barred from competition for illicit drug use after Heredia's testimony.

But while Conte may think of himself as some kind of hero after exposing the truth, he actually seems even more slimy than he did before, a man who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering in 2005 and was linked to Barry Bonds and Marion Jones himself.

Perhaps Conte has something against Heredia. It wouldn't be a surprise. But by bringing Marquez into the mix, a man who is on the tail end of a brilliant boxing career, Conte crosses the line.

Boxing has seen its fair share of steroid accusations. Heck, Pacquiao has been accused by Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s camp of taking PEDs.

By going after Heredia, Conte essentially harms the sport of boxing even more and looks like a bitter man who can't accept that he did wrong and is out on a witch hunt.

The best thing for Conte is to admit he did wrong and move on.

With his tweet, he's angered advocates for boxing, and I'm guessing infuriated Marquez's camp.

If Conte's aim is to drag down Marquez's camp, he has it all backwards.

The only person he hurt is himself.

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