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John Riel Casimero taps ex-Marquez trainer

Casimero on 'beast mode'

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By Nick Giongco

The man once chastised by Manny Pacquiao fans owing to his deep involvement with Juan Manuel Marquez is now working for the Philippines.

John Riel Casimero gets pointers from famed conditioning coach Memo Heredia in Las Vegas. Heredia was Juan Manuel Marquez when the Mexican knocked out Manny Pacquiao in 2012.

John Riel Casimero gets pointers from famed conditioning coach Memo Heredia in Las Vegas. Heredia was Juan Manuel Marquez when the Mexican knocked out Manny Pacquiao in 2012.

Memo Heredia, who was tapped by Marquez seven years ago to help prepare for the fourth fight with the Filipino, is currently helping John Riel Casimero get ready for a clash with Zolani Tete of South Africa on Nov. 30 in Birmingham, England.

It was Sean Gibbons, the right-hand man of Manny Pacquiao over at MP Promotions who brought in Heredia for Casimero and a few other Filipino punchers training in Las Vegas.

With Heredia providing his expertise, a visibly shaken and bloodied Marquez knocked out Pacquiao with just one punch in December 2012.

Casimero and Heredia have been working together the last six weeks in the hopes of boosting Casimero’s chances of unseating Tete as the World Boxing Organization bantamweight king.

Sean’s son Brendan Gibbons, who has been taking care of Casimero’s needs, insists that Tete is in for a shock.

“Casimero’s on beast mode,” exclaimed the younger Gibbons. “He’s going to be too much for Tete.”

Casimero earned the right to challenge Tete last August when he kept the interim WBO 118-lb crown by knocking out Cesar Ramirez of Mexico in Manila.

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