Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Merchant Gives His Take on The Roach vs. Ariza Situation

By Chris Robinson

Renowned trainer Freddie Roach has delivered some memorable sound bites during the last two installments of HBO’s 24/7 Pacquiao-Bradley series, taking direct aim at strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.

Ariza was brought into Manny Pacquiao’s camp on a hands-on basis following his March 2008 split-decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez and while his methods have seemed to work wonders, so too have his antics apparently worn thin on Roach. During last Saturday’s 24/7, Roach insisted that he won’t be including Ariza as part of Pacquiao’s corner when he sets foot inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to defend his belt against Timothy Bradley in another high-profile affair.

The news was a bit surprising and when asked about Freddie’s remarks, HBO color analyst Larry Merchant feels that due to Roach having to spend so much time with a myriad of pugilists, that perhaps Ariza was able to grow closer to Pacquiao along the way and eventually cross some kind of boundary to Roach's dislike.
Advertisement

“Freddie’s a very busy guy,” Merchant would state during our conversation on Sunday evening. “He’s got Pacquiao coming up this weekend; he’s got [Lateef Kayode] yesterday. He’s got Chavez Jr. the week after this. He could have had Amir Khan two weeks ago and it’s a lot of fighters who want and need individual attention and the same thing goes for the trainer. I don’t know how it all works and whether conflicts come or one fighter needs one more than the other. It seems like a potential conflict of self-interest and time.”

For Merchant, he still seems confused as to why Ariza’s presence would even be needed come fight night.

“I’m not sure why he would be in the corner during the fight,” Merchant said bluntly. “I can’t understand that. It doesn’t mean there may not be a good reason but why would he be in the corner if he’s the strength guy? And there has been a fight or two where he has been vocal and I just don’t understand the relationship. I don’t know him as a boxing guy and I don’t understand what his role would be during the fight.”

During Pacquiao’s split-decision over Marquez in the third bout of their trilogy this past November, it was alarming to see Ariza serving as a cut man at times in the corner when the very capable veteran Miguel Diaz, who has worked with as many world-class boxers as any coach, was also ringside.

According to Merchant, it’s a lack of communication that may have resulted in Ariza growing emboldened and taking on more responsibility.

“There’s got to be somebody, especially fight night, who is laying out who is in charge,” stated Merchant. “And I don’t know if Freddie is still busy with so many fighters and I don’t know how this guy suddenly became a boxing trainer. There seems to be some crossing of the lines of authority or somebody not taking authority.”

But at the end of the day, it’s up to Pacquiao to balance all of the drama going on as he steps into the ring for the 60th time as a professional. And who knows, just maybe the Filipino marvel has his own way of blocking everything out and keeping his eye on the prize.

“The fighter may feel ok. He’s a star; everybody is catering to him. He may now be fully aware of any differences. He’s not trying to create drama for him or problems for him in camp. I don’t know if he’s fully aware of what’s going on,” stated Merchant.

Article Link - http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id=53594#ixzz1wqjmAg9S
This is a legal waiver. By copying and using the material from this article, you agree to give full credit to BoxingScene.com or provide a link to the original article.

Recent Video Interviews from Chris Robinson
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Wynnin on 06-04-2012

Manny doesn't have money like that he wasted it gambling, paying for an outside kid, and so on I hope manny wise up before time runs out! And oan Floyd gives back also but he likes to stay under the…

Comment by Chuckguy on 06-04-2012

[QUOTE=komandante;12205964]Manny knows what he's doing, not like the greedy Floyd, Manny respect his promoter and also gives a lot of money to the poor. Flint you're the idiot here cause you're an uneducated moron.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=DominiBox;12206023]How many millions do you have…

Comment by DominiBox on 06-04-2012

[QUOTE=flint;12205722]ducquiao may not be aware of whats going on because he is still not aware that arum has taken and continues to take millions from pacquiao's fight purse. what a illiterate idiot.[/QUOTE] How many millions do you have in your…

Comment by komandante on 06-04-2012

[QUOTE=flint;12205722]ducquiao may not be aware of whats going on because he is still not aware that arum has taken and continues to take millions from pacquiao's fight purse. what a illiterate idiot.[/QUOTE] Manny knows what he's doing, not like the…

Comment by flint on 06-04-2012

ducquiao may not be aware of whats going on because he is still not aware that arum has taken and continues to take millions from pacquiao's fight purse. what a illiterate idiot.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (8)
Top Headlines Chavez Jr. Admits: If I Don't Beat Britsch - Then It's Time To Go! Photos: Billy Joe Saunders Looks Poor in Lackluster Akavov Win Billy Joe Saunders: I'll Do My Two Mandatories, Then a Big Fight Frank Warren Sees Bradley Skeete Going For World Title in 2017 Tony Bellew Hints That David Haye is Broke: His Life is in Turmoil! Julian Williams: I'm More Focused, I Definitely Went The Extra Mile Marcos Villasana Jr. Knocks Out Jorge Luis Rodriguez In Eight McGregor: F*** Mayweather's Manager, I Hold All The Numbers! Johnny Navarrete Shocks Jorge Paez Jr. - Retirement Looms? Ed Brown is Fighting For His Life After Being Shot in The Head Saunders: I Called Out GGG, Now I'm Embarrassed By Performance Michael Conlan: McGregor Will Carry Irish Flag at My Pro Debut Photos: Andy Ruiz Hits New Zealand For Joseph Parker Showdown Billy Joe Saunders vs. Artur Akavov - CompuBox Punch Stats Freddie Roach Impressed: Murat Gassiev Was a Beast in There Murat Gassiev vs. Denis Lebedev - CompuBox Punch Stats Billy Joe Saunders Struggles in Decision Win Over Artur Akavov Lolenga Mock, Sherman Williams Win in Aarhus, Denmark Jack Catterall Outpoints Diego Luque, Retains Fringe WBO Regional Lebedev Wants a Rematch: I Thought I Won or it Was a Draw Paul Butler Beats Alexander Cazares, Targets Jamie McDonnell Kubrat Pulev Batters, Stops Samuel Peter in Four Rounds Murat Gassiev Drops, Decisions Lebedev With Split Nod For IBF Belt Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Julius Indongo Destroys Eduard Troyanovsky in One - HUGE Upset Denis Shafikov vs. Richard Commey - CompuBox Punch Stats Maxim Vlasov Blasts Rakhim Chakhkiev in Wild Shootout Marcos Villasana Jr. Looks To Continue His Run in Acapulco Frank Warren: Eubank Jr is All Talk, Won't Sign To Face Saunders Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev - LIVE Results From Moscow Jessie Magdaleno: Manny Robles Should Be Trainer of The Year Jose Ramirez Ready To Travel, Challenge Ricky Burns in Scotland Juan Manuel Marquez Will Enter Camp in January, No Retirement Abel Sanchez To Saunders: Stop Talking, Call To Fight Golovkin Pazienza Understands Blackwell's Desire To Put Himself at Risk Frank Warren on Flanagan's Options, Saunders' Return, More Cecilia Braekhus vs. Klara Svensson Looms For January 28 Bellew: McGegor Just Wants UFC Shares, Mayweather Drills Him Video: Thomas Dulorme on Sparring Mayweather, Joining TMT McGregor: If Mayweather Runs, I Have Other Boxing Targets!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement