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Ariza Shakes Head at VADA Testing in Pacquiao-Rios

By Edward Chaykovsky

Strength and conditioning coach Alexa Ariza is not exactly satisfied with the testing schedule for next month’s HBO pay-per-view headliner.

Ariza currently works with Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23KOs), and he previously worked for several years with eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38KOs).

Rios will challenge Pacquiao on November 23rd at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China. 
VADA [Voluntary Anti-Doping Association] is in charge of the random drug testing protocol for the fight.

During the weeks of training, Ariza says Rios has been tested twice by VADA, but they have yet to test Pacquiao and have no plans to do so until the boxer arrives to China.

"Brandon [had his] second test by VADA [on Tuesday]. VADA just confirmed they have yet to test Manny and there are NO plans to test him until China. That's fair. [Rios's trainer] Robert [Garcia] asked them why only Brandon, they [no testing of Pacquiao] until China," Ariza stated.

Ariza says he is "definitely not suspicious of Manny," but doesn't believe VADA is testing both fighters on an even level. Pacquiao is currently training at General Santos City in the Philippines and theoretically his geographical location might be playing a role in VADA being able to test him. This is the first time in Pacquiao’s career where the boxer is taking part in a random drug testing protocol.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CatchweightKing on 10-23-2013

[QUOTE=lowblows420;13867601]Floyd- "i want a even playing field, i wanna clean up the sport"...lol nah fool you scared you started talking like that cuz pac was on the rise and the public demanded the fight.[/QUOTE] So PAC is scared of rios…

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 10-23-2013

[QUOTE=kardsufur;13866455]sounds like this guy is ready to spill the beans on Camp Pacquiao's secrets[/QUOTE] LOL @ all all of those Pac-farts, butt hurt idiots casting a doubt on Marquez that by the way, was being tested 4 times by USADA…

Comment by iloveboxing2 on 10-23-2013

Can't blame VADA, no ordinary foreigner even with body guards would want to go to where Manny lives.

Comment by jtcs1981 on 10-23-2013

This site is full of dumb people. How in the world the fan boys of the other guy make this thread about him.

Comment by peplz on 10-23-2013

[QUOTE=DeadLikeMe;13866587]Calm down people...Neither VADA nor USADA have the medical/legal authority to test anyone, anywhere outside the United States. The Philippines has its' own WADA affiliate who satisfy all established WADA criteria just like VADA and USADA. I'm sure Pacquiao has…

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