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Ariza Vows: The Old Pacquiao Will Return Against Bradley

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

STRENGTH and conditioning coach Alex Ariza believes Manny Pacquiao will be the same fighter that demolished the likes of Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto when he defends his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against undefeated Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on June 9.

Ariza told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that he had spoken to Pacquiao after his controversial win in his third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez and during his recent visit to Los Angeles for the kickoff of his coming fight’s two-city media tour.

There were concerns over Pacquiao’s showing against Marquez where several distractions, including personal problems took its toll on the eight-division world champion, who looked anything but the dominating Fighter of the Decade.

However, a new-found commitment to studying the Bible and a break from the old habits of late nights, gambling and other activities and spending much more time with wife Jinkee and their four children have proved to be rejuvenating for Pacquiao.

“We talked about the training and what we are going to do and any changes we are going to try to make,” said Ariza. “Pacquiao was receptive after the Marquez fight and again before this fight. He said he wants to start training camp a little earlier and he wants to focus on building his body and getting his power and speed again.”

The strength guru, who has been alongside celebrated trainer Freddie Roach prior to Pacquiao’s ninth-round annihilation of then lightweight champion David Diaz, said Pacquiao is ready to focus again.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Brother Jay on 02-27-2012

[QUOTE=LeadUppercut;11830187]It is hilarious that posters used to say that Gayweather was on vacation..... ..... now that Pac appears to be about to hide out in some monastery. Manny clearly dont want none of Mayweather, that pu55y is gonna duck Floyd…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 02-27-2012

[QUOTE=Emon723;11829169]I doubt it, now that Pac had turned to Bible and become religious, is the fire still there:la:[/QUOTE] It is hilarious that posters used to say that Gayweather was on vacation..... ..... now that Pac appears to be about to…

Comment by Emon723 on 02-27-2012

I doubt it, now that Pac had turned to Bible and become religious, is the fire still there:la:

Comment by KickAzz on 02-27-2012

Doubt it... oscar, cotto, marg... those guys were willing to fight with pac... now a days all mofos wanna do is run and survive 12 rounds... it's boring and it's making pac's fights boring... not cause Pac doesn't want to…

Comment by punchville on 02-27-2012

i doubt that alex....you cannot stop the passing of your best no matter who you are, he's only human...pac has been in a steady decline tho slow since the margo fight imo...i just hope he still has enough left to…

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