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Ariza Reacts: Roach Can't Fire Me, I Don't Work For Him!

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza has clarified reports that trainer Freddie Roach has fired him, insisting that Roach can’t fire someone who doesn’t work for him.

Boxingscene.com reported it was Pacquiao who made the statement during an ESPN show on Monday in answer to a listener’s question whether he would work with Ariza for his Nov. 24 Macau showdown with Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios. Pacquiao answered ,” No, Freddie fired Alex.”

In an overseas telephone conversation with BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard from Mexico where he is working with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr mwho is getting ready for a super middleweight fight against Brian Vera on September 7.

Ariza said “I haven’t heard anything from Manny. How can Freddie fire me when I don’t work for him?  Everybody knows that the past two years I haven’t worked for Freddie.”
He said “I will give Manny a call and talk to him but you just never know.”

The strength and conditioning coach said the Rios clash “is a dangerous fight. It’s a serious fight. Rios is very durable, I think he punches harder than (Juan Manuel) Marquez” who scored a crushing 6th round knockout  at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last December 6.

Ariza said “many people are saying there’s no way Rios can beat Manny but that’s what they said before the Marquez fight. You can’t say things like that. Its going to be a good fight.”

 Ariza said the result may depend on what kind of Pacquiao shows up for the fight and “what kind of training camp he has.”

Pacquiao told the Standard earlier that he will train in his hometown of General Santos City and that Roach would arrive sometime in October, probably one month before the Rios fight Thursday in Los Angeles.

Earlier in New York City's Chinatown district Pacquiao and Rios made their first official US stop of their extraordinary world-wide media tour which included previous stops in Macau, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore. The final tour stop will be at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California on Thursday. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Frank Ducketts on 08-08-2013

Ariza is the strength and conditioning coach, that's it. There is usually never a problem when they are hired. Roach trains the fighter. I see it as Roach's ego of wanting to be the sole guy doing everything for Manny.…

Comment by LAPete on 08-08-2013

Ariza add's nothing to Manny's ability to win a fight. He's an overrated glory seeker. Roach on the other hand is and has always been the key to Manny's success and anyone who does not see that simply does not…

Comment by HattonFaithful on 08-07-2013

[QUOTE=Hilis;13628217]The Chavez jr - Vera fight is gonna be at 168? Then its an obviously sad setup cuz if I'm correct, Vera's a 154 fighter, right?[/QUOTE] He's been a 160 fighter for a while now. He upset Andy Lee in…

Comment by Verstyle on 08-07-2013

[QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.;13625850]Every Pacquiao camp is the same sh1t. Pacquiao talks Mayweather. Then Roach and Ariza go at it... Its getting old. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE][/QUOTE] Spot on :clap:

Comment by Hilis on 08-07-2013

The Chavez jr - Vera fight is gonna be at 168? Then its an obviously sad setup cuz if I'm correct, Vera's a 154 fighter, right?

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